Policies and Procedures
A collection of IDEST policy and procedure documents. Explaining IDEST Impartiality procedures and how Complaints and Concerns are handled
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Signed copy of IDEST policy Statement.
Updated 4th Feb 2022. Includes the latest requirements for INSPECTING and TESTING Transportable Pressure Receptacles (Cylinders) for Breathing Gases manufactured from Steel and Aluminium to, BS EN ISO 18119:2018 +A1:2021, and Composite Materials to BS EN ISO 11623:2015
Complaints and concerns form. To be submitted to the Admin Manager in the event of a complaint, or concern, being raised against IDEST or any IDEST Centre.
The purpose of this procedure is to describe the policies and the procedure to follow in the event of a complaint or appeal about an IDEST decision, inspector or any other member of IDEST. The Complaints Form D029 can be downloaded from a link in this document P011.
IDEST’s Impartiality Statement and its Complaints & Appeals processes explained.
Technical Information Sheet
A library of Technical Information Sheets issued by IDEST
Personal Protection Equipment for centre technicians
Creating Master to Working gauges Comparison charts
Oxygen Cleaning of dive cylinders for use with Nitrox and Mixed gases
How to correctly stamp diving cylinders after hydro testing
Understanding Thread Gauge Classes
Valve maintenance at the cylinder inspection
Valve/cylinder mismatch by THREADS
Valve/cylinder mismatch by PRESSURE
Availability of parts for APEKS-AP1158 valve
Not available – currently being updated
An understanding of Calibration Certificates
Extending Calibration periods for thread gauges
Hydro or Visual – can’t decide
Correct Quadrant Labels for hydros and visuals
Safety notices to download and use in the workshop for your technician and public safety.
This is a collection of useful documents that are available for the technicians working in IDEST assessed inspection and test centres. They cover a range of requirements from IDEST policy statement to documents that would be useful in a cylinder inspection or test centre.
New updated version that covers facilities in the UK, Holland, Ireland, ANSI and Cyprus.
This is the current list of UKAS accredited test laboratories, that should be used for the calibration of your test equipment, such as Thread Gauges, Torque Wrenches and Master Pressure Gauges. Not every laboratory can calibrate every item of equipment, so check which labs can deal with your requirements.
This latest version covers facilities in the UK, Holland, Ireland, ANSI and Cyprus.
Do you want to become or maintain an IDEST Cylinder Inspection or Test Centre technician. Download this document to find out what is involved.
This document was issued by IDEST to all approved Inspection and Test Centres, on 26th April 2019, in order to help clarify the situation when interpreting the latest Standard BS EN ISO 18119:2018.
From 1st July 2009, the HSE requirement for a “competent person” to carry out cylinder testing was clearly defined. This document gives full explanation as to the type of certification required depending on the number of technicians being used.
IMCA amended their Code of Practice D018, to fall in line with the other industry sectors with regard to periodicity of cylinder inspection and testing. This is a revised 2023 version of the Periodicity Chart.
If your Test Centre is approved to inspect and test Composite Cylinders, then the Blue IDEST Quadrant MUST NOT be put on those cylinders. Instead, a test sticker must be used that contains all the required information outlined in the Standard ISO16230. Click on the title above to download a suitable label. This will need to be amended to contain your company details and IDEST Test Centre number. It must also include the country location e.g. UK or GB, to comply.
RED Safety label available FOC
It has been identified that Test Centres are receiving units where the pressure rating of the cylinder does not match that of the valve. This is considered poor engineering practice. To help address this situation IDEST has produced a RED Safety label that centres can request. They a r FREE OF CHARGE and come in a sheet of SIX labels. if your centre receives any such units do not hesitate to contact Admin on firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the letter/form to complete, if your centre does not use thread gauges for checking diving cylinders or valves on a frequent basis. IDEST allows centres to use a Tracker Sheet for each set of gauges,, that will not exceed 250 uses within a 3 year period. Once a gauge has been used 250 times, or three years have elapsed, whichever occurs first, then the gauges must be re-calibrated. These gauges do not then need to be recalibrated every year.
Whether you are interested in an Initial Inspection to become an IDEST Inspection Centre or Test Centre, or you need to arrange a triennial re-inspection, this document needs submitting to the IDEST Administration Office. Download and complete this letter/form and email it to – email@example.com
You can download the IDEST Statement concerning this Standard, the use of existing blue quadrant stickers and the cessation of using the letter ‘V’ for Visual Inspections (PIs)
Download this Zip file, which contains all the new files, procedures and forms, required to migrate to the new cylinder testing standard BS EN ISO 18119.
This WORD document can be downloaded and used to record Failed Cylinders that your Centre has has each quarter. The completed form must be saved as part of your company records and a copy sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This latest document explains why it is imperative that you have your thread gauges, master gauge and torque wrench calibrated by a UKAS approved Calibration Laboratory. IDEST will not be accepting calibration certificates for these items from non-UKAS approved labs.
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Four leaflets that explain the work of IDEST, Cylinder Testing and Marking. All available from IDEST Administration Office or download here and print