What is regulations for testing of SCBA bottles as per SOLAS ?


  • All cylinders should be externally examined annually by a competent person.
  • The competent person may be either a member of the ship’s crew who is trained and assigned to carry out this work or an accredited service agent.


  • The maximum interval between hydraulic tests for solid drawn steel cylinders is 5 years. Composite cylinders may require more frequent testing – stipulated by manufacturers instructions.
  • Hydraulic testing must be carried out by an accredited service agent or test facility.
  • Following the hydraulic test, a thorough inspection and internal examination must be carried out prior to recharging.
  • Test pressure and test date must be stamped clearly on each steel cylinder.
  • Composite cylinders will require a permanent marking or tag.
  • Test certificates must be provided and retained on board for inspection.

Annual Examination

  • All SCBAs shall be examined at least annually as part of the annual statutory survey for
  • The Safety Equipment Certificate (SEC) or MODU Code certificate. If applicable, the
  • Breathing apparatus air recharging systems should be checked for air quality as part of the
  • Annual statutory survey for the SEC or MODU Code certificate.

 Hydrostatic Testing of Self-contained Breathing Apparatus Cylinders.

  • Hydrostatic testing of SCBA cylinders shall be carried out once every five years. The
  • Hydrostatic test date must be permanently marked on the bottles. Intervals for
  • Hydrostatically testing cylinders of the ultra lightweight type may vary and will depend
  • Upon the requirements of the cylinder manufacturer and the vessel’s classification society. Servicing of the cylinders must be performed to the satisfaction of the classification society surveyor.

Spare Charges and Recharging of Breathing Apparatus Air Cylinders.

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