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    Question SCBA Replacement Cylinder Question.

    Question is a SCBA considered out of compliance(NFPA,DOT,ECT) if the cylinder is made by different company .If you have scott or drager pack with say an SCI Cylinder. Need to replace some out of hydo cylinders .Looking for some good information on the subject or where to find it.
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    SCBA's are certified as a whole unit. Different bottle brand than unit will void that certification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones42 View Post
    SCBA's are certified as a whole unit. Different bottle brand than unit will void that certification.
    That is true to a point. You can't use a Scott cylinder with an MSA pack, but that is not the situation that he is asking about if I understood his question correctly.

    SCI is one of three companies approved to manufacture composite SCBA cylinders in North America. As such, the various SCBA manufacturers routinely purchase "their" cylinders from SCI (or one of the other two). So as long as the SCI cylinders are made for the brand of SCBA you are using, there shouldn't be any issue.

    It's like going to the store to buy a replacement part for your Chevy car and instead of buying an OEM GM part, you buy the same part from brand X and they are who manufactured GM's part.

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    a generic SCi 4500 cylinder =$230
    A SCI 4500 cylinder labeled Scott=$470
    Same cylinder made on the same machines using the same process,but a scott label stuck on it.

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    Thanks guys just wanting to be well informed on the topic before we make a purchase of replacement cylinders. You understood question FireMedic049.Thanks for the input.
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    The NIOSH certification for the air pack is dependent on the cylinder in the air pack being labeled and supplied by the manufacturer of the air pack who is responsible for quality control.

    My understanding, and I could certainly be wrong, is that where OSHA standards apply the unit should be compliant at all times.

    That said, I don't think it makes a whit of difference when the cylinder is built and actually complies with standards. However, if I were on your side of the table, I would make sure that any decision I make will not adversely affect your exposure. Unfortunately, lawsuits are common.

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    Posted by FireMedic49
    SCI is one of three companies approved to manufacture composite SCBA cylinders in North America.
    Who is the third? I only know of SCI and Luxfer.
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