Breathing Air Equipment
Many requirements exist, ranging from the life threatening environments of fire fighting, hazardous shot blasting and paint spraying operations, to critical medical and hospital air requirements.
In 1991, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) introduced ISO 8573-1, a compressed air quality standard using purity classifications that permit the compressed air user to define the maximum allowable amount of contamination per cubic metre of compressed air.
Comprising of nine parts, ISO 8573 series not only provides air quality classifications for the main contaminants, but also the equipment and methods required to carry out accurate testing.
Now that ISO 8573-1:2010 is at its third revision, industry is becoming increasingly aware of the changes implicit in this current air quality standard. Although not law, this ISO standard forms the basis for best practice and the source of regulations that ensure companies can remain an internationally acceptable part of the global trading world.
Whatever the application, the quality of the compressed air used for breathing air applications is detailed in International Breathing Air Standards. The applicable standard will not only detail the maximum allowable levels of contaminants but also give an indication of the selection criteria for protection devices.
Industrial Air Power can help with the selection of the most appropriate technology and can monitor the air quality or install a suitable purification device to ensure compliance with the standard.