Standards seem to continually get introduced and updated. There is an ever increasing number of local, regional, federal, and even global standards to comply with. We pay close attention to these standards and have the largest number of standards upon our products.
The standards the every EXAIR product meets or exceeds are the OSHA standards for dead-end pressure as well as allowable noise level exposure. The dead-end pressure directive is OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.242 (b). The standard refers to the fact that compressed air can be dangerous when the outlet pressure of a hole, hose or copper tube is higher than 30 psig (2 BAR). In the event the opening is blocked by a hand or other body part, air may enter the bloodstream through the skin, resulting in a serious injury. All of the compressed air products manufactured by EXAIR have been designed for safety. All are safe to be supplied with higher pressure than 30 psig and still meet or exceed the OSHA standard.
The OSHA standard 29 CFR – 191.95 (a) refers to the maximum allowable noise exposure that an operator is permitted to be exposed to for a given period of time. The chart of allowable exposure times is shown below. All EXAIR products are engineered to create the minimum amount of noise while efficiently utilizing compressed air. Many times blow offs are cross drilled to permit air to escape in order to meet the OSHA standard for dead end pressure, this process increases the noise level generated by that blow off considerably.
One of the most stringent compliance that EXAIR has upon its products is the UL/CUL listings and recognition. All EXAIR Cabinet Cooler Systems are UL listed, we were the first to insure your electrical cabinet’s NEMA integrity remained by putting our Cabinet Cooler systems to the UL test. This means that the Underwriters Laboratories have deemed these products safe for operation throughout the US and Canada per their standards that are applicable for each of the product groups. The products undergo numerous tests and scenarios to ensure that an operator will be safe during the normal operation of the units. The tests for the Cabinet Cooler Systems includes environmental exposure for the given NEMA type of the enclosure along with many other tests. The Static Eliminator Power Supplies are also UL listed.
CE is another standard which EXAIR pays great attention to to meet or exceed. CE is a standard that is normally preferred when dealing with countries outside of the US but is gaining popularity within the states as well. CE being a European standard actually stands for a french phrase, “Confrmité Eurpéene” which is translated to “European Conformity”. Any EXAIR product displaying the CE mark conforms where there are applicable directives.
The RoHS directive is targeted on heavy metals that are generally found within electronics. Substances like Mercury, Lead, Polybrominated biphenyls, Cadmium, or Hexavalent chromium. In order to meet the RoHs directive a product must have 100 parts per million or less of mercury and for other substances there must be less than 0.01% of the substance by weight in a raw homogeneous materials level. All EXAIR products which are electronic or contain electronic devices are compliant to the 2002/95/EC RoHS directive, also including the amendment outlined in the European Commission decision L 214/65. This includes all EXAIR Static Eliminators, Electronic Flow Control, and Electronic Temperature Control products.
EXAIR maintains records to be sure our supply chain is providing product which meets the conflict mineral free guidelines of the Dodd-Frank Act. EXAIR supports Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and we are committed to compliance with the conflict minerals rule in order to curb the illicit trade of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold in the DRC region. EXAIR is using the CMRT 3.02 template to document our supply chain and commitment to conflict free products. When requested we will even provide the needed forms to support our customer’s efforts in complying with the Dodd-Frank Act.
REACH, is another European Community Regulation this time on chemicals and their safe use. REACH is targeted to ensure personnel and environmental health by identifying the intrinsic properties of chemical substances easily. REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances and was written into law in 2007. EXAIR products are not required to be registered per Title II, Article 7, paragraph 1 of the legislation since they do not contain substances that are intentionally released. This is to ensure compliance with Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 Title I, Article 3, paragraph 3, the European Union requires registration of chemicals and substances imported into the EU to ensure a high level of protection of human health and environment.
To conclude, when there is a safety audit, safe sourcing directive or some other form of standard/conformance that you need to meet, consider EXAIR compressed air products. Please contact us to find out if we can help you meet or exceed those standards.
Application Engineer Manager