What is a hydrostatic testing? This test is applied to functioning industrial hoses to check for cracks, leaks, or any internal damage that cannot be seen from the outside. Checks and inspections determine whether a hose will need to be cleaned, repaired, or replaced. Not performing inspections on your industrial hoses or pipe expansion joints can be incredibly dangerous for your employees, however, the testing process itself can be quite dangerous, and various precautions are a complete necessity.
To ensure the safety of everyone during the test process, there are several precautionary measures that need to be carried out during the pressurisation and depressurisation stages:
- It is wise to carry out planning and preparations at least 2 days before the date of the test.
- Double check your hydrostatic pressure and temperature standards clearly displayed in the relevant documents provided for each machine.
- You may be testing your machinery but it is also important to test and inspect all the equipment and tools being used to carry out the test.
- Pressure gauges must be in a suitable location in order to acquire an accurate reading. An inaccessible gauge can create more problems and expose the person inspecting the gauge to various other hazards.
- It is beneficial to isolate other equipment or industrial hoses that are not being tested.
- Check all ventilation beforehand, making sure there are no major blockages that prevent the air from being ventilated.
- Check that the safety relief valve is installed and functional. It is vital that this is calibrated correctly and ready to be used in an emergency.
- Isolate the area where the test is being carried out. Create a safety area using signs and lines that are clearly visible to everyone in the working area.
- Anyone who is not a part of the test process should not be allowed near the testing area.
- Check that all your safety and hazard protection gear is usable and in good condition.
There are many hazards and problems that can occur before and during a hydrostatic pressure test. However, this brief checklist will ensure the safety of all workers and employees in your facility, especially those who are a part of the test process.