BS 8478 specifies requirements and test methods for the composition and purity of breathing gases for use in diving and hyperbaric applications

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BS 8478:2011

Respiratory protective devices. Breathing gases for diving and hyperbaric applications. Requirements and test methods

Status : Confirmed, Current, Partially replaced   Published : February 2011 Replaced By : BS EN 12021:2014

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BS 8478:2011 Respiratory protective devices. Breathing gases for diving and hyperbaric applications. Requirements and test methods

BS 8478:2011 specifies requirements and test methods for the composition and purity of breathing gases for use in diving and hyperbaric applications.

The toxic and harmful effects of impurities in breathing gases are increased at hyperbaric applications therefore the limiting number of impurities has been reduced appropriately to allow for this effect.

This standard is applicable to the following categories of breathing gas mixtures:

  • breathing oxygen
  • oxygen compatible air
  • nitrogen depleted air
  • oxygen and nitrogen gas mixtures
  • oxygen and helium gas mixtures
  • oxygen, helium and nitrogen gas mixtures

Please note that compressed air for breathing apparatus is specified in the BS EN 12021.

 

How does the BS 8478:2011 differ from the BS 8478 2006 version? 

  • The requirements for the composition of oxygen compatible air and the composition of nitrogen depleted air have been added 
  • The requirements for the composition of helium for making breathing gas mixtures has been added 
  • The requirements for the mixing of gases have been added 
  • The requirements for the mixing of gases have been added 
  • The requirements for the freedom from particulate contamination are no longer specified 
  • The maximum permissible water content in breathing oxygen , oxygen and nitrogen gas mixtures, oxygen and helium gas mixtures and oxygen, helium and nitrogen gas mixtures have been raised 
  • For oxygen and helium gas mixtures, the maximum carbon monoxide content has been reduced and the maximum content of “other non-toxic gases” has been reduced 
  • The sampling methods have been changed 
  • The test method for oil content has been changed 
  • Methods have been added for stain detector tube and stain system analysis.

BS 8478:2011 references:

BS EN 1089-3, Transportable gas cylinders - Gas Cylinder identification (excluding LPG) - Part 3: Colour Coding




Standard NumberBS 8478:2011
TitleRespiratory protective devices. Breathing gases for diving and hyperbaric applications. Requirements and test methods
StatusConfirmed, Current, Partially replaced
Publication Date28 February 2011
Confirm Date01 November 2016
Cross ReferencesBS EN 1089-3, BS EN ISO 7225, BS EN ISO 13769, BS ISO 8573-2, HSE EH 40, HSE EH 75/2, BS EN 12021
Replaced ByBS EN 12021:2014
ReplacesBS 8478:2006
Draft Superseded By10/30210437 DC
DescriptorsBreathing apparatus, Supplied air breathing apparatus, Diving equipment, Gases, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Air, Helium, Mixtures, Composition, Purity, Contaminants, Gas analysis, Chemical analysis and testing
ICS13.340.30
97.220.40
CommitteePH/4/7
ISBN978 0 580 66699 5
PublisherBSI
FormatA4
DeliveryYes
Pages24
File Size3.323 MB
Price£176.00


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