Category: DOT Hydrostatic Testing

July 26, 2019 Roy Williams

Hydrostatic testing is one of the most effective ways to test the structural integrity of stainless steel cylinders. Successful hydrostatic testing of low pressure cylinders can help businesses to effectively prevent potential disasters that may occur due to use of structurally weak cylinders. In addition, companies can avoid penalties from DOT for not complying with…

July 26, 2019 Roy Williams

Federal laws (and in some cases state and municipal statutes) require that most of the pressure cylinders associated with portable fire extinguishers must be periodically hydrostatically retested to ensure their safety. In addition, the laws require hydrostatic testing of cylinders which show evidence of corrosion or mechanical injury. Principal authorities The two principal authorities that…

June 7, 2019 Roy Williams

Part 1 in this series identifies the need for hydrostatic testing of self contained breathing apparatus used by firefighters and rescue personnel. Part 2 in this series will provide a summary of the frequency requirements and safety precautions associated with hydrostatic testing of self contained breathing apparatus compressed gas cylinders. Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) are…

June 7, 2019 Roy Williams

Part 1 in this series identifies the need for hydrostatic testing of self contained breathing apparatus used by firefighters and rescue personnel. Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) are one of the most important items of personal protective equipment used by firefighters and rescue personnel. SCBA allow firefighters to enter hazardous environments to perform essential interior operations…

May 28, 2019 Roy Williams

Part 1 in this series provided a summary of each step in the hydrostatic testing process for rechargeable portable fire extinguishers through the actual hydrostatic test. Part 2 in this series will provide a summary of the steps following the hydrostatic test through final reassembly and recharging the portable fire extinguisher. Portable fire extinguishers designed…