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BRC Compressed Air Monitoring

The BRC (British Retail Consortium) has long required compressed air and gas monitoring. While they do 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.

We Assist Many BRC Manufacturers

BRC food manufacturers trust Trace Analytics with compressed air testing for their compressed air and gas monitoring programs. Our ISO 17025 accredited laboratory has the ability to provide analysis not only to the stringent limits and classes of ISO 8573 but to many custom specifications as well. Download our analytical accreditation and techniques.

BRC Compressed Air Requirements

4.5.4 Air, other gases and steam used directly in contact with, or as an ingredient in, products shall be monitored to ensure this does not represent a contamination risk. Compressed air used directly in contact with the product shall be filtered.

We Make Compressed Air Monitoring 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. Training is free and available online. It is that simple!

Results for basic ISO 8573-1 (particle, water, oil) testing take 5-7 working days with a RUSH option available with 1 working day turnaround. Additional fees apply for each sample receiving RUSH reporting. 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. This unit is not for sale and is limited to rental within the USA.

We also provide microbiological testing for customers located within the USA. International customers will be referred to the best resource for their country.

BCAS Food and Beverage Grade Compressed Air
Best Practice Guideline 102

ISO 8573-1:2010
Purity Class
Particles (P) Water Oil
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