ALERT Learn More | NASP Certification Program: The Path to Success Has Many Routes. Choose Yours

What is the difference between a safety valve and a release valve?

By Terry Creason | Last updated: September 20, 2018
Presented by AD Safety Network

Sometimes people will use these terms like they mean the same thing, but each performs a different but important function.

Safety valves are a type of control mechanism. It is meant to release pressure when it reaches a specified threshold. The safety valve then resets the pressure back to its original level. This is like the valve you'll find on a pressure cooker. In more industrial settings, you'll find them on the safety setting of autoclaves. Contents are kept at or under a specified pressure, and an alarm goes off when this pressure is exceeded. Then, the pressure is released, preventing explosions or accidents.

Relief valves, on the other hand, are a subset of safety valves that are designed to immediately relieve pressure. It is triggered by dangerous circumstances, such as an abrupt excess of pressure or a level of pressure that threatens to result in system failure. Relief valves are found on fire engines to prevent fire hoses from rupturing from excess pressure.


Share this Q&A

  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter


Hazards Safety Equipment Process Safety

Presented By

Logo for AD Safety Network

Written by Terry Creason | National Sales Manager

Profile Picture of Terry Creason

Terry is the National Sales Manager for Wise Safety & Environment.

More Q&As from our experts

Related Articles

Go back to top