Dos and Don ts - Compressed air storage

Dos and Don ts - Compressed air storage:

• Respect the pressure vessel. It can be dangerous!

• Test the safety relief valve monthly.

• Drain condensate from the tank regularly-daily, if necessary.

• Keep vessel mounted level at all times with vibration protection in place.

• Have the vessel inspected biannually, as required by State law.

• Protect tank from damage caused by vehicle traffic or plant operations.

• Inspect at least weekly for air leaks. If you find an air leak, determine its source (i.e. line, fitting or crack).

• Report new installations to the State Office of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety.

• Have all welded repairs made only by companies holding the "R" stamp authorization or the A.S.M.E. "U" symbol

• Operate an air tank which is not constructed to meet the requirements of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (A.S.M.E.) Code.

• Operate air tank which is not equipped with a functional A.S.M.E. Code safety relief valve set at or below an established maximum working pressure.

• Mount the vessel rigidly without vibration buffer supports under tank legs.

• Ever operate a vessel without a properly equipped and operating pressure gauge!

• Ever bypass the pressure control switch, or any switches, which control pressure.

• Ever restrict the design function of any safety relief valve-for example; tie down, paint, block, cap, or remove.

• Make welded repair on air tanks.

• Use plastic pipe for any air discharge line.

• Pile stock up against the tank.