Compressed Breathing Air

The CSA Standard sets out the minimum requirements for the purity of compressed breathing air supplied to service outlets, and for breathing air systems required to produce, store and distribute such air. It provides requirements for compressed breathing air systems that supply compressed breathing air in the following types of systems:

  • supplied-air respirators
  • supplied-air suits
  • self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) (open-circuit)
  • other applications where the requirements to reference the compressed breathing air purity requirements are necessary

Sampling is performed according to requirements in the standard and samples are analyzed by an accredited environmental laboratory.

Manitoba regulations require that compressed breathing air systems be certified once every six months or following any major modifications or repairs to the system. Refer to Manitoba regulation MR 217/2006 6.16(2) which states that employers must ensure that air in an atmosphere-supplying respirator meets the purity requirements set out in CAN/CSA Standard-Z180.1-00.

As examples, certification testing would be required in the following situations:

  • Paint spray booths
  • SCBA for confined space entry or firefighters
  • Welding systems
  • Any other supplied air respirators

If you require compressed breathing air certification testing, or are unsure if compressed breathing air certification is required, please fill out the “request a quote” form and we will contact you to determine an appropriate course of action or call 1 (204) 981-7690 to discuss your requirements.