PSSR and Coffee Machine Statutory Examinations

If you own a commercial coffee machine that incorporates a steam boiler, it can prove to be a risk that you may want to avoid. This is because you have a statutory obligation to meet the stringent legal requirement of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000.(PSSR 2000)

The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 require pressure systems to be examined in accordance with a certified Written Scheme of Examination, the aim of PSSR is to prevent serious injury from the hazard of stored energy as a result of the failure of a pressure system or one of its component parts.

The Regulations apply to owners and users of pressure systems containing ‘relevant fluids’ this includes steam at any pressure any volume, Coffee Machine steam boilers operate at 100°C and over, therefore they fall within the legal requirements of PSSR 2000.

If you continue to use an espresso machine incorporating a steam boiler without the required maintenance and examinations carried out in accordance with a Written Scheme of Examination, you will not be compliant with PSSR 2000 which is a criminal offence!

Commercial coffee boilers incorporating a pressure vessel (e.g. cappuccino makers) that generate steam come under the requirements of PSSR 2000. If your machine is operating without a Written Scheme of Examination or is due for its system examination, then get in contact with us. The statutory examination is designed to ensure that the pressure system within your commercial machine is “safe” for continued operation and therefore helps to protect each and every person who may be in contact with or in the vicinity of that machine.

The system examination procedure will include:

Completely and safely shut the coffee machine down.

Every coffee machine is examined and tested slightly differently, however, this examination and test will be carried out in accordance with a Written Scheme of Examination and will include an internal and external examination of both the steam pressure boiler and its whole associated pressure system including pipework.

Once the engineer has finished the examination, he or she will reassemble the coffee machine and change the heating element gasket.

The engineer will heat the machine to normal operating pressures and then conduct a hot test to ensure all protective/control devices operate as per manufacturers recommendations.

After all of that has been done the engineer will submit the finding to our support team who will then issue a Written Scheme of Examination with an accompanying detailed examination report for the machine to indicate it has passed its safety assessment.

If the machine fails for any reason and cannot be repaired within the allotted examination and testing period, (spare part required and not available) then a second visit will have to be arranged and your machine cannot be used until it has been passed. The equipment is required to remain at zero pressure until the full maintenance is conducted and a Written Scheme of Examination is in place.


If you’re looking for coffee machine system examination services and repair, look no further, we have the commercial technical expertise to meet your requirements. Please get in touch with our friendly coffee engineers on 02039574961 or you can fill in the contact form below. We serve the UK and Ireland.

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