EEMUA 168 Edition 3 provides guidance on if, when and how pressure testing can be carried out on pressure equipment and systems, based on risk assessment and a safe system of work. Significantly, the new edition introduces a competency framework for pressure testing personnel.

The guidance applies to the lifecycle of pressure equipment and systems, from manufacture, and throughout their operating lifetime. It is applicable to all types of non-transportable industrial pressure equipment and systems, including pressure vessels and pipework. Some alternatives to pressure testing are also considered, and when it may be appropriate to employ them.

The publication is aimed primarily at the operatives, supervisors and leaders managing and carrying out pressure testing at manufacturers’ works, repair shops and industrial sites. The guidance aims to ensure that these organisations are fully aware of the risks and can use competent and qualified staff as well as formulate safe systems of work, to reduce risks to as low as reasonably practicable. 

This publication was revised through a working group of engineers from EEMUA member companies and representatives from industry partners including the IMechE Pressure Systems Group (PSG) and the Pressure Vessels Manufacturers Forum (PVMF). 

An EEMUA e-learning module based on Edition 3 of EEMUA 168 has been produced. Registered website users can access the EEMUA Pressure Testing Lessons Learned Repository

Please note EEMUA Associates receive a 50% discount off the non-member price.