On the Gulf of Mexico, Breathing Systems is a privately-owned business that designs, manufactures, and services Life Support Systems used throughout the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and liquid natural gas industries during catalyst handling, inspection, and repair operations.
The company has provided quality products and services for over 21 years, establishing a strong reputation in the industry. With its experienced, diverse, and highly skilled team, Breathing Systems keeps working to achieve the company mission being a world leader in the production and sale of life support equipment, whilst providing the best value to its customers.
Quality and Safety are priorities for Breathing Systems Inc. The company is regularly audited and has received accreditations from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the European Economic Area (CE).
Industry safe operating procedures did not permit man entry into nitrogen purged vessels before 1972. In the petroleum refining industry, catalyst was either regenerated or quenched with water before unloading operations could commence and the extended downtime was costly. Although supplied air breathing masks were available, a long history of accidents ruled them unacceptable for use in nitrogen purged confined space.
In 1973 a major North American petroleum refining company pioneered man entry into nitrogen purged catalytic reactors with Life Support System helmets. Their success led to a gradual acceptance of this new method for downtime reduction. Today, downtime savings to the industry are measured in hundreds of millions of dollars annually.