Pressure Vessels

Standards

Pressure vessel hazards are addressed in specific standards for general industry, maritime, and construction. This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to pressure vessels.

OSHA Standards
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
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1910 Subpart H - Hazardous Materials

1910.101, Compressed gases (general requirements).

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1910.102, Acetylene.

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1910.103, Hydrogen.

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1910.104, Oxygen.

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1910.105, Nitrous oxide.

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1910.106, Flammable liquids.

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1910.107, Spray finishing using flammable and combustible materials.

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1910.110, Storage and handling of liquefied petroleum gases.

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1910.111, Storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia.

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1910 Subpart M - Compressed Gas and Compressed Air Equipment

1910.169, Air receivers.

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1910 Subpart O - Machinery and Machine Guarding

1910.217, Mechanical power presses.

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1910 Subpart R - Special Industries

1910.261, Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills.

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1910.262, Textiles.

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1910.263, Bakery equipment.

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Maritime (29 CFR 1915, 1917, 1918)
Maritime (29 CFR 1915, 1917, 1918)
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1915 Subpart K - Portable, Unfired Pressure Vessels, Drums and Containers, Other Than Ship's Equipment

1915.172, Portable air receivers and other unfired pressure vessels.

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1915.173, Drums and containers.

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Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)
Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)
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1926 Subpart C - General Safety and Health Provisions

1926.29, Acceptable certifications.

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1926 Subpart F - Fire Protection and Prevention

1926.152, Flammable liquids.

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1926.153, Liquefied petroleum gas (LP-Gas).

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1926 Subpart I - Tools - Hand and Power

1926.306, Air receivers.

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1926 Subpart O - Motor Vehicles, Mechanized Equipment, and Marine Operations

1926.603, Pile driving equipment.

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State Standards

There are 28 OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.

National Consensus

Note: These are NOT OSHA regulations. However, they do provide guidance from their originating organizations related to worker protection.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

  • Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code

American Petroleum Institute (API)

  • API 510, Pressure Vessel Inspection Code: Maintenance Inspection, Rating, Repair, and Alteration.
  • API 572, Inspection of Pressure Vessels.
  • API 910, Digest of State Boiler, Pressure Vessel, Piping & Aboveground Storage Tank Rules and Regulations.
  • API 620, Design and Construction of Large, Welded, Low-Pressure Storage Tanks.
  • API 941, Steels for Hydrogen Service at Elevated Temperatures and Pressures in Petroleum Refineries and Petrochemical Plants.
  • API 945, Avoiding Environmental Cracking in Amine Units.