Gas Topics

Alternative fuels for vehicles

Globally there is a growing awareness of the environmental concerns around the use of traditional fuels. Gas powered vehicles with low, or zero, emissions from exhausts and a reduced carbon footprint are part of the future.

Find out more about using gases as vehicle fuels.


Beverage Dispense Gases

The use of gases within and to dispense beer and other drinks is widespread in the UK. The use of the correct gas is essential for both the efficiency of your beverage dispense system and the quality of the beverage being served. Using approved gas cylinders, with the right specification of gas, correctly connected into your dispense system increases customer satisfaction and helps to ensure the safety of staff.

Find out more about beverage dispense gases.



It is the UK Government's stated intent to leave the European Union (EU).  It is possible that that legislation will change, whatever the type of deal or no-deal arrangement that is reached.  BCGA has created this webpage to help identify changes to legislation that may have an impact on the gases industry.

Find out more about how Brexit may affect the gases industry.



Coronavirus is having a huge impact on the industry and BCGA members. In light of this, the BCGA has drafted guidance for members relating to Coronavirus, as well as talking to several government departments about the importance of the industry.

Find industry guidance for Coronavirus


Cryogenic tanks

Cryogenic tanks are thermally insulated tanks designed to store cryogenic liquids. A variety of different types of tank are available, but all need to comply with regulations and design codes. The users, the owners and the gas suppliers have legal responsibilities and a duty of care to ensure the tanks are maintained, operated and filled safely.

Find out more about cryogenic tanks.



Cylinders in fires

All closed containers, such as gas cylinders are at risk if exposed to the extreme heat of a fire. BCGA have worked closely with the Fire & Rescue Services and, together, have developed safe methods for managing cylinders involved in fires.

Find out more about cylinders in fires.



Cylinder Recovery and Disposal

Gas cylinders contain gases stored under pressure, this means they may have large amounts of stored energy, and they may contain gases which can impact on the environment. When no longer required cylinders should always be returned back to their owners. At the end of their life it is vital to ensure they are handled safely and responsibly.

Find out more about the recovery and disposal of cylinders.

Cylinder Testing

Gas cylinders contain large amounts of stored energy. It is vital that they are made to appropriate standards and are then regularly maintained to ensure the safety of those who transport, fill and use them. It is mandatory for gas cylinders to undergo periodic inspection and testing. This has to be carried out by an Inspection Body.

Find out more about cylinder testing.


Environment matters

The gas industry has few obvious environmental problems but as with all types of businesses has some effect on the environment, for example, through the natural resources it consumes to make and distribute the gases it sells.

Find out more about environment matters.



Gas Abuse

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) and its members have campaigned for some years to raise awareness about the danger of misusing industrial, food or medical gases.
Gases are used widely in a number of industry sectors and, handled correctly, provide an invaluable
resource. Gas suppliers within the BCGA take great care to advise customers on the safe and appropriate use of their products in order to ensure users are aware of the potential hazards.

Find out more about gas abuse


Gas cylinder valves

Gas cylinder valves are critical components within a gas cylinder assembly and have to be designed, constructed, inspected, tested and approved against authorised standards.

Find out more about gas cylinder valves.

Gas Training

All persons working with gases, their containers and associated equipment should be trained to enable them to work safely without risk to health and safety of both themselves and others. HSE Guidance and industry Codes of Practice specify that employers shall provide training and information to all satff exposed to risk.

Find out more about gas training.


Medical Gases

Medical Gases and their associated equipment are widely used for treating patients in hospitals, at home, and by the emergency services. BCGA member companies are licensed to manufacture and distribute the medical gases used within the UK and provide a range of associated equipment and services.

Find out more about medical gases.



All persons installing pipework for industrial gases are required to be adequately trained and to have a thorough knowledge of the law relevant to the installation and subsequent use and maintenance of pressure systems.

Find out more about working with pipework.


Regulations and Standards

Gases are hazardous products and to ensure safety in their use, appropriate regulations and standards have been published. BCGA members are very active in developing standards, working closely with standards organizations such as BSI, and provide advice to various government departments on legislation.

Find out more about regulations and standards.


Risk Assessments

Safety is the key priority for BCGA members. Within the BCGA it is fully accepted that the key to successful safety management is the management and assessment of risk.

Find out more about risk assessments.


Transport Matters

Driving can be hazardous at the best of times, but the safe carriage of dangerous goods requires compliance with complex regulations, an absolute commitment to best practice and extra levels of driver training and skill. BCGA member companies co-operate with each other to ensure the safe carriage of the goods they carry and the safety of vehicle crews and the general public.

Find out more about transporting gas.


Welding matters

Welding, brazing and cutting are essential processes in manufacturing industry. All these processes depend crucially on industrial gases.

Find out more about welding gases.