Role of Authorising Engineer (AE) Pressure Systems

What is the role of an Authorising Engineer (AE) Pressure Systems?

An Authorising Engineer for Pressure Systems (AE – PS) is a Health and Safety Risk Management role consultancy service that combines the skills found in engineering and building services. In the UK this specialist role originally emerged from the Ministry of Defence Joint Services Protocol (JSP 375) to reduce risk and improve corporate risk management and compliance processes.

The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 lays-out requirements for the users and owners of pressure systems to demonstrate that they know and operate these systems within the Safe Operating Limits.

Examples of Pressure Systems include: 

  • High Pressure Water Tube Steam Boilers
  • Triple Pass Economic Steam boilers
  • Waste Heat Units
  • Packaged Steam Boilers
  • Autoclaves and other Steam plant and equipment
  • Medium Temperature Hot Water systems designed for operating above 110⁰C
  • Compressed air vessels and systems greater than 250 bar-litres
  • Refrigeration systems (Vapour Compressed) greater than 25kW

An Authorising Engineer for Pressure Systems is an appointment to the organisation and enables the users and owners of pressure systems to be confident that the requirement of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 is adhered to and demonstrates that they know and operate these systems within the Safe Operating Limits.