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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Aeriform in Houston, Texas, are requesting any and all air cylinders marked "compressed air - breathing" that were purchased within the last two months be tested for oxygen content prior to being used. These cylinders should be checked for an oxygen level of 19½ to 23½ percent by volume.
On March 21, 2000 a double fatality at Equistar in Channelview, Texas, occurred. Two painters, employed by AIS/Basic, were wearing sandblast hoods connected to compressed air cylinders. Preliminary tests show a low level of oxygen in the cylinders. The cylinders were filled by Aeriform.
Aeriform shipped the class D breathing air cylinders to companies in the Houston, Port Arthur, Beaumont and Corpus Christi areas. Records cannot confirm the names of the companies and what cylinders they received.
The air cylinders may not contain a sufficient amount of oxygen and could be hazardous.
Previously, the cylinders were thought to be part of a certain lot number, however, the lot numbers cannot be confirmed as accurate.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Aeriform request that companies take the cylinders from service, have them tested or contact Aeriform immediately for testing prior to their use. Aeriform can be reached at (713) 926-3166.
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