Caffeine Fix are approved representatives of Espresstest and are trained to carry out boiler inspections on espresso machines in line with the Pressure Safety System Regulations 2000 (PSSR2000).
The Pressure System Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR)
Here are the main points to consider regarding PSSR and their application to espresso machines:
- Coffee machines that contain a pressurised vessel are subject to the Pressure
System Safety Regulations 2000.
- The inspection is in regards to Health and Safety Regulations and so, is separate to
the annual service you may receive from your usual coffee supplier.
- They are a point of Law – quite simply, to operate a pressure vessel without
compliance is against the law.
- The Regulations are in place to reduce the risk of catastrophic failure of a pressure
- Although rare, should a pressure vessel fail, there is potential danger from the
energy released – even a relatively small espresso machine has potential to cause
property damage, injury or even death.
- The duty holder is responsible for ensuring compliance and may be personally liable in the event of any claim for damages.
How things can go wrong in an espresso machine
- Espresso machine boilers work by heating water to create steam.
- There are various methods of controlling this heating, to maintain a safe working
- Should those systems fail, the pressure could continue to build.
- A pressure release valve is also fitted to the vessel to discharge any excess pressure
build up following failure of the control systems.
- A faulty, worn or damaged valve could mean that there is a potential for pressure to
build until something gives.
- This could result in the catastrophic failure of the vessel.