Compressed Air & Gas

Standards and Specifications

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Air & Gas Specifications

Although we specialize in the analysis of thousands of compressed breathing air samples, we also provide services to customers with Non-Breathing Air and Pure Gas analysis. Whether you are establishing a management plan or testing to comply with a given specification, our knowledgeable staff can assist you by providing:

  • Analysis of pure gases such as Argon, Nitrogen, Nitrous Oxide, and Oxygen.

  • Air analysis for argon, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, condensed hydrocarbons, methane, nitrogen, nitrogen oxides, oil aerosol, oil vapor, organic compound identification and/or quantification, oxygen, particulates (particle size count and mass concentrations), sulfur dioxide, total halogenated hydrocarbons, total volatile hydrocarbons, and water vapor.

  • Design of Compressed Air & Gas Sampling Equipment specifically for your application if needed.

  • Research to determine if applicable standards are available.

Many of our customers have established their own criteria by monitoring the performance of the system over a given time period, reviewing literature/specifications, evaluating equipment parameters, and determining company objectives. After a thorough evaluation, specification limits are established and implemented into a management plan. The following are commonly used air & gas specifications. If the specification you need is not listed below, please Contact Us.

Downloads and PDFs

OSHA compressed air testing

Carbon Dioxide Tech Note

The article contains valuable information on determining intake location and pipe size, molecular sieves & why they cannot consistently remove large amounts of CO2, pressure drops, and general guidelines for assuring a safe breathing air supply.

BCAS breathing air fact sheet compressed air testing


Discusses the replacement of BS 4275:1997 with BS EN 529:2005.

This standard references air purity requirements from BS EN 12021, which is used in the UK and EU.

CGA Grade E Common reasons for failure compressed air testing


This instruction establishes agency interpretations and enforcement policies, and provides instructions to ensure uniform enforcement of the Respiratory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134.

OSHA compressed air testing guide


This guide is intended to help small businesses comply with the Respiratory Protection standard. It provides guidance only, and does not alter or determine compliance responsibilities.

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Trace Analytics’ laboratory is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation. We use state-of-the-art lab equipment that allows us to analyze hundreds of compressed air and environmental samples daily. The result is consistency, accuracy, precision, and rapid turnaround. Trace is an A2LA accredited laboratory complying with ISO 17025, certificate #0322-01.

Why Choose Trace Analytics?


Our A2LA accredited laboratory is an unbiased third-party laboratory with no financial interest in other compressed air products. The extensive quality control procedures at Trace’s lab ensures that you will receive quality data. Trace is an A2LA accredited laboratory complying with ISO 17025, certificate #0322-01.

Easy to Use Kits

The AirCheck✓ Kit™ is designed for use with compressed breathing air specifications requiring a dry dew point, such as ISO 8573, NFPA 1989, CGA, ISPE, and more. Other specifications are available. These kits are typically used by food, packaging, medical device, pharmaceutical, nuclear, scuba divers, fire departments and industrial breathing air facilities to test compressed air to meet their requirements.

Watch our online sampling video for Compressed Air Testing.


Compressed air has been our specialty since 1989 — our AirCheck✓™ Team of Experts has decades of experience in the specific field of compressed air and environmental analyses, testing, and troubleshooting. Excellent customer service, and the desire to provide a more efficient and accurate testing experience, have been the backbone of our company since 1989 — and still hold true today. We pride ourselves on the level of customer service we provide — it is the core of our relationship with all of our customers.






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