What does PurityPlus Certification Mean?PurityPlus® producers are a group of Independently Owned Specialty Gas producers in North America working through the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative. A key part of the PurityPlus program is it's consistent Standard Operating and Quality Assurance Procedures that all producers must pass. Our comprehensive SOP/QA program was originally fashioned, tested and implemented by AsteRisk, LLC., a gas-industry consulting company organized by a long-term employee of Union Carbide/Praxair. PurityPlus® continues to utilize AsteRisk for its third-party auditing, as well as operations and safety consulting. http://www.asteriskllc.com/ Essential to the program are a sequence of levels or tiers that define the proficiencies of each member. These tiers define the process and analytical capabilities required to supply gases of defined purities, aligning with generally accepted impurity maximums and analytical tolerances. For example, all certified PurityPlus® producers can package and certify nitrogen and argon to grade 5.0 (ultra high purity.) Moving up in the tiers usually facilitates the need for the purchase of more analytical and gas-filling equipment to fill higher purity atmospheric gases. Calibration and verification is executed through NIST-traceable standards, most typically SRM’s, and authenticated by annual round-robin testing.