Recreational Diving Compressed Air Standards
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During the 1999 session, the Florida Legislature passed a law requiring the Department of Health to establish maximum allowable levels for contaminants in compressed air used for recreational sport diving in this state. The rules covering the interpretation and implementation of this law are in Chapter 64E-20 of the Florida Administrative Code. These rules certify the quality of compressed air sold to the public throughout the state for SCUBA diving and provide the method of sampling and testing that must be used, the interval of testing, approved forms and certifications, and enforcement measures.
As required by the statute, all companies must have their air checked by a laboratory company that has been accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association or the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation. You may contact these groups for a list of approved laboratories. Here is a list of laboratories that we are aware of that offer these services and that meet our requirements:
- Analytical Chemists, Inc.
- Lawrence Factor
- Liberty Mutual Compressed Air
- Trace Analytical
- TRI Environmental
This list should not be considered as all inclusive. Any laboratory offering appropriate services accredited by one of the laboratory accrediting agencies may be used. The laboratories listed here were taken from reports submitted to the department and from laboratories that notify us in writing. If you represent an accredited laboratory not on this list and offering these services, please contact us for inclusion.
The full text of the law is found in section 381.895, Florida Statutes, Standards for Compressed Air Used for Recreational Diving. (The link to the statute opens a new window with the statute loaded from the Florida Legislature's web site.)
The Florida Administrative Code 64E-20 (11kb PDF) is available as an Adobe Acrobat pdf file.
Apply for Registration
We request providers of compressed air to register with the Department of Health. If you wish to send in the form by mail, print the registration form (<1mb PDF).
For more information contact:
Clark Eldredge, Environmental Administrator
Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology
4052 Capital Circle SE, BIN A12
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1720
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. Emai the Compressed Air proram at: results.compAir@flhealth.gov (please note the new email address). Call us at: (850) 245-4401.