The German Regulation on Health and Safety in the Use of Work Equipment (Betriebssicherheitsverordnung, BetrSichV) classifies many refrigerating systems as pressure systems (Druckanlagen) that are subjected to inspection. The regulation prescribes:
Refrigerating systems which fall under the scope of this regulation need to be inspected by an Authorised Inspection Agency (AIA) such as TÜV SÜD or, in the case of pressure systems with lower hazard potential, a competent personnel. Pressure systems with CE marking will also have to be inspected. Our experts for refrigerating can support you in performing the necessary inspections in all areas related to the safety of pressure systems.
Read more below to find out if your refrigerating system is subject to inspection by an AIA. Contact us if you're in doubt. Our experts are happy to help.
Initial inspections before commissioning/ inspections before recommissioning after changes requiring inspection of a refrigerating system according to § 15 BetrSichV:
Periodic inspections according to § 16 BetrSichV have a maximum interval of 5 or 10 years:
Systems that do not exceed the above limits do not require inspection by an AIA. In these cases, inspection of the pressure system can be carried out by a competent personnel as set forth in Annex 2, Section 4 No. 3 BetrSichV. The inspection responsibilities for refrigerating systems not classified as pressure systems subject to inspection are outlined in TRBS 1201 Part 2.
The expert carrying out the inspection focuses on visual examination and review of documentation. This includes, but is not limited to, the following aspects: