Compressors that produce Breathing Air either to be supplied directly to users or to refill cylinders must produce air to the EN12021 standard, and tested as appropriate to confirm this. The quality of air from compressors can vary substantially and it is important to ensure that you are certain that the air being supplied is suitable to be supplied for breathing air purposes.
The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) will adopt EU Directive 2017/164 which establishes new ‘indicative occupational exposure limit values’ (IOELVs) for a number of toxic substances. This decision complies with Articles 2 and 7 of the Directive requiring Member States to establish the new occupational exposure limit values within national standards by August 21st 2018 (mining and tunnelling applications do not need to comply until 2023). More details can be seen here - https://osha.europa.eu/en/legislation/directive/directive-2017164eu-indicative-occupational-exposure-limit-values
We get a lot of questions on rescue teams and our previous post about it, so we decided to write an additional post on this.
Personal Gas Detection is used in a huge amount of applications from construction to petro-chemical, from pharmaceutical to agriculture and everywhere in between.
It is very useful warning system that prevents us from being harmed by unsafe gas levels in the atmosphere, but unless we are using it properly it may not actually be looking after us at all.