Compressed Breathing Air
Compressed breathing air systems provide a high level of protection for workers by providing fresh air directly to their hood or mask. The quality and quantity of the air must be tested every 6 months to ensure the safety of the worker who relies on that air.
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Does your workplace have compressed breathing air?
Is unit tested every 6 months?
Is unit tested after major overhaul or modifications?
Is unit tested after reports of significant malfunction?
Carbon monoxide sensor on oil-lubricated compressors? ?
Current Test certificate of system test posted by unit? ?
Breathing hose is clearly labelled "breathable-air"? ?
Breathable air hose has a different fitting than other hoses? ?
Volumetric air flow measured and in compliance? ?
Air source away from sources of contamination? ?
Outdoor air source tested (ambient sample)? ?
Intake of fresh air clearly labelled?
Records of air testing kept for 5 years and available?
Specific individual responsible for this program?
- Worksafe Bulletin
- Types of CBA Units
- Example of Testing Certificate to be Posted by Unit
- Do New or Refurbished Units need to be Tested?
- Why CBA Units Fail
- Example of Accident
- Proper Location of Fresh Air Intake
- Compressed Air Hoses
- Label breathing air hoses
- Use A Different and Unique Fitting for Breathable Air Lines
- Carbon Monoxide Sensors
- Proper Materials for Air Lines
- Ambient Air Samples
- Proper Volumetric Airflow
- Case Study - Methylene Chloride
- Case Study - Improper Airflow
- What if a Unit Fails the Test?
- Need your compressed air system tested?