NFPA 1989 / Fire

NFPA 1989 Compressed Air Testing

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The AirCheckKit™ is easy-to-use and designed to obtain an air sample that is representative of the air used to fill your SCBAs. You can use the kit to test your breathing air quality from your compressor or cascade system. We have two members on the Technical Committee on Respiratory Protection Equipment which is responsible for NFPA 1989. We have ensured that the AirCheck Kit™ complies with NFPA 1989′s sampling and analytical requirements. We are intimately familiar with air testing and analysis — it’s our job! You can depend on us to aid you in securing the safety of your compressed breathing air supply.

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Fire Compressed Air & Gas Testing Specifications

Trace Analytics, LLC can test to a wide variety of specifications. Some example specs commonly used in Fire are shown below:

SCBA Use - Selected Air Quality Specifications

Air Quality Specification THC CO CH4 CO2 H2O DP, °F O2 N2 OIL ODOR
CGA G-7.1-2011 Grade D (0) N/A 10 N/A 1000 67 -50 19.5-23.5 N/A 5 None/Slight
CGA G-7.1-2011 Grade L (SCBA) N/A 10 N/A 1000 24 -65 19.5-23.5 N/A 5 None/Slight
NFPA 1989-2013 (N) 25 (T) 5 N/A 1000 24 -65 19.5-23.5 75.0-81.0 2 Not Pronounced
OSHA 1910.134 Respiratory Protection - 2004 Cylinder (Y) N/A 10 N/A 1000 67 -50 19.5-23.5 N/A 5 None/Slight
OSHA 1910.134 Respiratory Protection - 2004 SCBA (S) N/A 10 N/A 1000 67 -50 19.5-23.5 N/A 5 None/Slight
THC = Total Gaseous Hydrocarbons, ppmv CO2 = Carbon Dioxide, ppmv O2 = Oxygen, volume % N2O = Nitrous Oxide, volume %
CO = Carbon Monoxide, ppmv H2O = Water, ppmv N2 = Nitrogen, volume % Odor = Odor as supplied by customer
CH4 = Methane, ppmv DP = Dew Point, °F at 0 psig Oil = Oil Mist & Particulate, mg/m3 HS = Halogenated Solvents, ppmv
(0) CGA G-7.1 notes the typical use for Grade D as "OSHA breathing air" and for Grade L as "SCBA air".
(N) The Analysis Certificate refers to compliance of the referenced air sample with NFPA 1989 5.6 Breathing Air Quality Requirements, not the entirety of NFPA 1989.
(S) 29 CFR 1910.134(i)(1)(ii): "Compressed breathing air shall meet at least the requirements for Type 1-Grade D breathing air described in ANSI/Compressed Gas Association Commodity Specification for Air G-7.1-1989…"
(SCBA) CGA G-7.1 lists the typical use for Grade L to be SCBA air. Grade D typical use is OSHA breathing air.
(T) Does not include Methane.
(Y) 29 CFR 1910.134(i)(1)(ii): "Compressed breathing air shall meet at least the requirements for Type 1-Grade D breathing air described in ANSI/Compressed Gas Association Commodity Specification for Air G-7.1-1989…" 29 CFR 1910.134(i)(4)(iii): "The moisture of the cylinder does not exceed a dew point of -50°F (-45.6°C) at 1 atmosphere pressure…"
Air & Gas Specifications referenced above may be viewed and/or purchased from: CGA - Compressed Gas AssociationNFPA - National Fire Protection AssociationOSHA - Occupational Health & Safety Administration

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