Guidance Notes (GN)
Guidance for the storage of gas cylinders in the workplace. Revision 5: 2012
This document is obsolete and has been replaced by Code of Practice 44, The Storage of gas cylinders.
You can download a free copy of Code of Practice 44 (CP 44) from our Publications section under Codes of Practice
Safe cylinder handling and the application of the manual handling operations regulations to gas cylinders. Revision 3: 2016
Provides guidance on the principles of safe practice when handling gas cylinders. It takes account of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations as they relate to gas cylinders, and provides a worked example of a typical manual handling risk assessment.
Avoidance and detection of internal corrosion of gas cylinders. Revision 2: 2015
Describes methods to prevent and detect internal corrosion of gas cylinders. Includes measures to prevent contamination by customer processes, and methods of moisture and corrosion detection.
The safe use of individual portable or mobile cylinder gas supply equipment. Revision 3: 2013, Including Corrigendum 1 - January 2014
Provides guidance on the safe use, inspection and maintenance of individual cylinder gas supplies, the gas being controlled by a single cylinder mounted regulator, which is used to deliver industrial cylinder gases to gas using equipment. Does not cover toxic or corrosive gases.
Catalogue of gas container marks used by BCGA members and their inspection bodies. Revision 5: 2012
This document provides a list of the recognised gas container test marks used by BCGA members and their inspection bodies to indicate a re-test.
The application of the confined spaces regulations to the drinks dispense industry. Revision 2: 2015
Beverage gases and their associated dispense equipment are often located in a cellar, this may be a confined space. If a confined space, then the Confined Spaces Regulations require operators of drinks dispense equipment to carry out an assessment of the risk to their employees arising from the possible escape of the gas. This document includes an easy-to-use assessment procedure specifically for use in a cellar, classifying the risk as tolerable, medium, or high, then gives any necessary actions resulting from the assessment.
Reduced oxygen atmospheres. The management of risk associated with reduced oxygen atmospheres resulting from the use of gases in the workplace. Revision 3: 2012
This Guidance Note addresses the risk assessment of situations where inert gas use could give rise to asphyxiant atmospheres. Accidents causing injury or even death occur as a result of inadequate controls, and the document is a vital tool in minimising the probability of such events.
DSEAR Risk Assessment. 2008
The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) put obligations on site operators where oxidising or flammable gases are used or stored. This document explains these obligations in detail and presents model risk assessments for typical installations within the scope of DSEAR. It should therefore be of direct interest to any organisation which manufactures, uses, stores or distributes flammable or oxidant gases
Production, storage, transport and supply of gases for use in food. Revision 2: 2015
Provides advice to producers and suppliers of food gases on how to comply with the Food Safety Regulations. Companies that supply gases for food use have to meet specific legal obligations and are required to ensure food safety. The Guidance Note includes coverage of the production and supply of food gases in bulk, the use of cylinders and other transportable receptacles, dry ice production and supply, and the supply or use of on-site gas generators.
BCGA policy and guidance for the safe filling of third-party owned and/or maintained tanks. Revision 2: 2013
This Guidance Note defines a gas supplier's responsibilities when intending to fill a third-party owned tank, used for the storage of refrigerated liquefied gases (typically nitrogen, oxygen, argon and carbon dioxide) at a customer's premises. A check sheet is provided to aid the gas suppliers in evaluating such tanks prior to supply and a reporting procedure is laid down for informing BCGA members of unsafe tanks.
Cryogenic sample storage systems (Biostores) - Guidance on design and operation. 2012
This document covers the design, installation and operation of systems used for the storage of items at cryogenic temperatures, using liquid nitrogen as a sacrificial refrigerant.
Guidance for BCGA training providers. Revision 1: 2014
The aim of this document is to provide guidance to Training Providers who are members or associate members of the BCGA on the provision of training services related to the safe use of compressed and cryogenic gases and associated equipment.
Environmental guidelines for air separation plant and equipment on sites regulated under IPPC. Revision 2: 2016
This document provides guidance for BCGA members to assist their customers with compliance on the EC Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control. The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations and the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations implement the Directive in the UK.
Identifying gas safety training requirements in the work place. 2012
This Guidance Note provides information on the topics which should be covered when considering compressed gases safety training. It is primarily aimed at management and supervisors of personnel who either handle, store, use or transport compressed gas cylinders and cryogenic gases in the workplace.
Guidance on assessing the competency of personnel undertaking periodic inspection and testing of gas cylinders. 2015
Provides guidance on assessing the competency of personnel who are required to undertake periodic inspection and testing of gas cylinders. It explains the regulatory background and then provides extensive information on conducting an appropriate assessment.
Medical gas cylinders. Selection and maintenance of seals used on high pressure cylinders. 2013
Provides information on best practice for users of medical gas cylinders when they are connecting approved medical equipment to gas cylinders. It provides advice on non-pressure regulated cylinder valves, the selection of a suitable seal and the correct procedure for the preparation of connections prior to fitting them to a cylinder.
Guidance for the carriage of gas cylinders on vehicles. Revision 2: 2017
Provides guidance on safely transporting gas cylinders in order to comply with ADR and provides a method for calculating the threshold quantity for any gas cylinders being carried.
Guidance for packaging waste within the industrial gases industry. Revision 1: 2015
The UK has implemented the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations and the Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations (as amended). This Guidance Note provides advice on the obligations necessary when procuring refillable steel gas cylinders for companies to comply with these Regulations.
The safe use of gases in the beverage dispense industry. Revision 1 2017
Provides guidance to those who need to handle, use and store beverage gases. Addresses safety and operational issues associated with beverage gases, their use in cellars and beverage dispense pressure systems. The document covers cylinder identification, handling, use, corrosion prevention and product quality.
Medical gases. The use of valves incorporating residual pressure devices.
This document provides guidelines for the selection, installation and use of valves which incorporate a residual pressure device in medical gas cylinders, such that common practices are established across the gas industry. It is intended for those who are involved in the specification of cylinder valves and cylinder operations, as well as providing information to those using these valves.
Medical Gases. Good distribution practice. Revision 1 2017
Medical products require effective management control during their distribution to ensure quality and integrity are maintained.
This document provides guidance on good distribution practice as required by the medical regulators
Vehicle selection and transport management. 2017
Provides advice on vehicle selection, the recruitment, training and assessment of transport personnel and the relevant elements of a transport management system associated with Class 2 dangerous goods.
Guidance for the use, inspection and transport of cylinders with various design codes. 2017
Provides guidance on the range of gas cylinders which may be encountered in the UK and then associated regulations that control their use.
Medical Gases. Data integrity
Data integrity is fundamental in a pharmaceutical quality system. This document provides guidance on compliance with the data integrity requirements for batch documentation relating to medicinal gases.