The contamination of the air used in breathing apparatus is a serious risk to the health. It is therefore important that the cylinder refilling operations are carried out in order to avoid the risk of contamination or minimize it to an acceptable level. The “Disciplinary for the refilling of breathing air compressed cylinders" is designed for all types of organizations that intend to improve their performance within their equipment and services supply process, by minimizing the risks associated with potential contamination of the air used in breathing apparatus.
The European standard EN 12021:2014 (Respiratory equipment - Compressed gas for respirators) specifies the quality of compressed air used for underwater activities, in order to protect the divers’ health.
The "Disciplinary for the refilling of breathing air compressed cylinders" is particularly suitable for managing the risks associated with refilling processes of the cylinders for underwater activities. It specifies the organizational and technical requirements that a Breathable Air Cylinders Refilling Center must satisfy in order to ensure that the refilling operations are carried out in safe conditions, so as to eliminate or minimize the risk of contamination of the stored air.
RINA, thanks to its many years’ experience in the verification, evaluation and certification of the various aspects included in the "Disciplinary for the refilling of breathing air compressed cylinders", is able to provide an independent and comprehensive verification service with a high level of detail.
What requirements are taken in account by RINA certification?
Management requirements (organization, personnel, documentation, equipment and services supply, relationship with customers) and Technical requirements (compressed air quality, refilling equipment, pre-operation checks, use of the motor compressor, recharging, operational testing).
What are the advantages of RINA certification?
Objectivity of the results and possibility of highlighting the progress between one evaluation and another (an annual assessment is recommended in order to give adequate continuity to the evaluation process.