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Training/Formation Quality Breathing Air - SCBA Administrators

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Gain an understanding of the installation, inspection and maintenance of breathing air compressors.

Duration: 1 day

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Who Should Attend?

  • SCBA Administrators
  • Breathing Air Compressor Maintainers
  • Fill Station Operators
  • Personnel using SCBA equipment

Required Reading

  • CAN/CSA-Z94.4-11 Selection, Use and Care of Respirators
  • CAN/CSA-Z180.1-13 Compressed Breathing Air and Systems

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Contact us for more information 1-800-463-6727


Cancellation requests received more than 14 calendar days before start date of the event will receive a full refund less a $100 administration fee. Cancellation requests received within the 14 calendar days prior to the event start date will be non-refundable.

Substitution of event attendee will be permitted at any time prior to the start date. Participant substitutions are permitted at any time prior to the start of the event. Please ensure that the substitute has met any prerequisite requirements.

Payment must be received in full before the event. CSA reserves the right to cancel any event and will, in such case, fully refund all registration fees. No liability is assumed by the organizers for changes in conference dates, content, speakers or venue.

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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the duties of a SCBA program administrator related to breathing air compressors and SCBA cylinders
  • Review related standards and legislation
  • Review and understand critical compressor installation, operation, inspection, and maintenance issues
  • Identify the components of a compressed breathing air system
  • Learn how to troubleshoot breathing air quality problems
  • Test your knowledge of what to look for when visually inspecting different types of cylinders
  • Discuss important considerations for the operation of compressors and filling stations
  • Review and understand procedures and elements of air quality analysis tests
  • Work with a variety of respirators including filtering facepieces, elastomeric half and full facepiece

Course Overview

The quality of breathing air and maintenance of SCBA equipment is a critical aspect of any respiratory protection program. For the Fire Service, SCBA use and re-filling of cylinders is often a daily event. The importance of providing good quality breathing air for use in SCBA requires an understanding of the installation, operation, inspection and maintenance of breathing air compressors. In addition, the inspection and safe filling of air bottles must be part of an effective respiratory program.

To assist fire departments and industry in meeting their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and due diligence requirements, CSA Group has worked in collaboration with members of the Ontario Fire Service, Office of the Fire Marshal and the Fire Service Section 21 Committee to develop this detailed 1-day training session for fire department SCBA Administrators. It is part of a respiratory protection program based on CSA Z94.4 Selection, Use, and Care of Respirators and CSA Z180.1 Compressed Breathing Air and Systems. The course offers a combination of presentations and group activities with a seasoned instructor that will help participants learn how to conduct respirator fit testing in accordance with CSA Z94.4.

** Fire Fighters Guidance Note #4-9, dated January 2007 recommends that Program Administrators take this CSA Group course. The information in this course is essential for any organization using SCBA and breathing air compressors.

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