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A written scheme of examination (WSE), is a legal document required prior to use of pressure systems. This is legislated by UK regulations detailed in Pressure System Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR). It details items within a pressure system that necessitate examination by a competent person.
As specified in Regulation 8.1 of PSSR “The user of an installed system and owner of a mobile system shall not operate the system or allow it to be operated unless they have a written scheme for the periodic examination, by a competent person”.
HSE defines competency as “the combination of training, skills, experience and knowledge that a person has and their ability to apply them”.
The competent person will identify which items of the pressure system fall within the scope of the WSE, such as pressure vessels, protective devices and pipework. Once these items have been established, the frequency of examinations will be outlined.