BRC Compressed Air Monitoring2021-12-27T15:51:18-06:00

BRCGS Compressed Air Monitoring

The BRC (British Retail Consortium) has long required compressed air and gas monitoring. Meet your compressed air testing requirements with our easy-to-use AirCheck✓Kit™.

BRC Compressed Air Testing

While BRCGS does not state acceptable limits for contaminants in their standard, they have been contributors to more than one of the BCAS’s (British Compressed Air Society) more specific and current, Best Practice Guideline. The BCAS, early on, adopted ISO 8573 classes and limits for their Guideline. It is generally accepted by industry professionals that ISO 8573 is the go-to specification for manufacturers.

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Food Manufacturers Served

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BCAS Compressed Air Monitoring Standard

ISO 8573-1:2010
By Particle Size
(maximum number of particles per m3)
Vapor Pressure Dewpoint Aerosol & Vapor
0.1 µm < d ≤ 0.5 µm 0.5 µm < d ≤ 1.0 µm 1.0 µm < d ≤ 5.0 µm °C °F mg/m3
Direct Contact
400,000 6,000 100 ≤ -40 ≤ -40 ≤ 0.01
Indirect Contact
400,000 6,000 100 ≤ +3 ≤ +37 ≤ 0.1
Microbial Contaminants Hazard analysis shall establish the risk of contamination by microbiological contaminants from compressed air. The level of control identified as being required over microbiological contaminants in the compressed air shall be detected using the test method specified in ISO 8573-7.
Footnotes (P) Particle classes 1-5 may not be employed if particles >5 micron are present according to ISO 8573-1.
Air & Gas Specifications referenced above may be viewed and/or purchased from: BCAS - British Compressed Air Society

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Why Do Food Manufacturers Choose Trace Analytics?

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Monitoring Made Easy

Trace Analytics can provide you with the necessary materials and training to obtain the air or gas sample. You return the sample(s) to our lab and we will provide the results in a Report via email.

Let us know how frequently you would like to test and we will send you reminders at testing time.

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Laser Particle Counters Available

Customers needing to measure class 1 & 2 requirements of the smallest particle range of 0.1-0.5 microns will need to inquire about our laser particle counter (LPC). Particles this size range require a more sophisticated type of analyses.

We have two types of LPCs depending on your requirements.

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Online Reports and Training

Access reports, sampling instructions, troubleshooting tips, and more all through the Trace Analytics website and AirCheck Academy. Download training documents for your records.

View the status of your report and download current and past files. Manage who has access to your records online.

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Testing Made SimpleAccurateEasy

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.

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