All hose should be internally and externally inspected prior to each use and hydrostatically tested
periodically. All hose should be hydrostatically tested to 1.5 or 2.0 times the working pressure (as
recommended by the manufacturer or to appropriate industry standards). Frequency of the testing is
determined based on many factors including, but not limited to: the conditions to which the assembly
is subjected, time in service, frequency of use, etc.. Prior to inspection, the hose must be depressurized
and laid out straight.
All inspections are to be performed by personnel properly trained on the information detailed in this
and other industry and manufacturer’s literature prior to performing any inspection. See reference
Hoses and its component parts, should be examined for the conditions listed below. If any of the
conditions are present, immediately remove the hose from service.
External Inspection- Hose
Inspect cover for cuts, gouges, worn spots or any other condition that exposes the reinforcement.
Inspect cover for smashed, kinked, bulges, blisters or soft spots.
Inspect hose for 18” behind each coupling for any evidence of leaking, basketing, kinking, bulges, soft spots or cover cracking exposing the reinforcement.
External Inspection- Couplings
Coupling movement or slippage which could be manifested by misalignment of the coupling with the hose.
Damaged coupling or coupling parts.
Cracked, damaged or badly corroded couplings.
Other signs of significant deterioration.
Loose, missing or damaged bands, clamps, shields or guards.
Internal Inspection - Hose
Inspect the hose bore on each end with a flashlight or other suitable device for any evidence of blisters, carcass separation, tube cracks, excessive tube wear or swelling (where the hose inside diameter is smaller than the original hose Id).