BCGA Technical Expertise
At the core of the BCGA’s role is ‘Mission Safety’ and a key element in achieving this is the Association’s renowned technical committee and technical sub committees.
Within this framework, BCGA members work together on technical, safety, health and environmental issues to achieve high standards of integrity and environmental care, both within their own and customers’ working environments.
They are an important part of the BCGA’s work to highlight the ‘Invisible Industry’ which aims to make the public aware of the positive work carried out by the gases industry and highlights how industrial, medical and food gases are essential to the existence and wellbeing of thousands of people every day.
Their work includes the development of a range of nearly 90 well-respected publications, which are often referred to by the appropriate Competent Authorities. Some are also referenced in law.
These include codes of practice, guidance notes, technical reports, leaflets and technical information sheets, as well as safety alerts and industry information.
The work of the BCGA’s committee and sub-committee network also actively supports the work of the standards bodies, with many member representatives participating in the technical committees of the British Standards Institution (BSI), and the European Standards body (CEN).
The Technical Committee
At the core of the BCGA committee structure is a Technical Committee, which oversees the 10 Technical Sub-Committees (TSCs) listed below.
TSC1 is responsible for all engineering, technology, safety, legislation and standards pertaining to pressurised systems, including vessels, storage, pipework and ancillary equipment.
TSC2 is responsible for matters relating to the design, manufacture and use of transportable gas cylinders. This involves the safety, technology, engineering, legislation and standards relating to gas cylinders and cylinder bundles and their ancillary equipment such as cylinder valves and regulators.
TSC3 is concerned with user equipment. This includes regulators, control equipment, and other components provided to enable users to use gases safely.
TSC4 is responsible for all matters relating to transport where it involves the carriage of gases. This includes the design of vehicles, their operation, and all matters relating to transport legislation.
TSC5 is concerned with the quality assurance of gas supply and user applications. Meetings are called as required arising from new legislation, incidents in the market, and other associated issues.
TSC6 is the Health and Safety Advisory Group (HASAG) and is responsible for general health and safety matters.
TSC7 continues its work to provide a regulatory input for the Medical Gas industry in the UK, specifically by working with the Regulatory Authorities and through membership of the various standards committees working on medical gas standards.
TSC8 addresses the whole range of environmental considerations within the gases industry and covers a plethora of environmental Directives and Regulations.
TSC 9 concentrates on the provision and use of future gaseous fuels, such as hydrogen and Compressed and Liquefied Natural Gas (CNG / LNG).
TSC 10 concentrates on all matters relating to security within the industrial gases industry.