Publications

BCGA provide a range of publications providing safety information and advice on best practice, as well as guidance on associated legal requirements within the UK. BCGA’s Mission is to promote safety in the use, storage, transportation and handling of industrial, food and medical gases.

As BCGA also involve and keep informed government bodies, Competent Authorities and Regulators, such as the Department for Transport and the national Environment Agencies, during the development of these publications they are generally accepted as being an appropriate and safe way of working. As such, they give positive examples of best practice and are recognised for this by the enforcement agencies, such as the Health and Safety Executive. It should be noted that in the event of any legal action, either criminal or civil, the courts are likely to use BCGA documents as a measure of what may be reasonably practicable.

All publications are reviewed and updated on a regular basis, available electronically and can be downloaded for free. Selected publications are only available to BCGA members; please login to gain access. To view a full list of all available BCGA publications click here.

In exceptional circumstances where a printed (hard copy) of a document is required, a charge will be made. If you require a printed document, please contact the BCGA office.
Please note: Printed copies of a publication can take a minimum of 5 working days to be delivered.

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GN2 Guidance for the storage of gas cylinders in the workplace.

03/03/2016 Guidance Notes GN2

This document is obsolete and has been replaced by Code of Practice 44, The storage of gas cylinders.

You can download Code of Practice 44 here.

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GN3 Safe cylinder handling and the application of the manual handling operations regulations to gas cylinders. Revision 3: 2016

13/07/2016 Guidance Notes GN3

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.

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GN6 Avoidance and detection of internal corrosion of gas cylinders. Revision 3: 2021

19/01/2021 Guidance Notes GN6

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.

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GN7 The safe use of individual portable or mobile cylinder gas supply equipment.

12/10/2018 Guidance Notes GN7

This document is obsolete and has been replaced by Code of Practice 47, The safe use of individual portable or mobile cylinder gas supply equipment.

You can download Code of Practice 47 here.

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GN8 Catalogue of gas container marks used by BCGA members and their inspection bodies. Revision 6: 2018

02/05/2018 Guidance Notes GN8

This document provides a list of the recognised gas container test marks used by BCGA members and their inspection bodies during an inspection and test.

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GN9 The application of the confined spaces regulations to beverage dispense. Revision 3: 2020

22/10/2020 Guidance Notes GN9

All gases, unless they contain sufficient oxygen, can kill by asphyxiation. Enriched carbon dioxide atmospheres can be intoxicating. The risk from these hazards is increased in any location where there is inadequate ventilation, such as an enclosed or confined space. The Confined Spaces Regulations require that a suitable and sufficient risk assessment is carried out and appropriate controls are put in place, through a safe system of work, to protect those who are required to access a confined space.

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GN11 The management of risk when using gases in enclosed workplaces. Revision 4: 2018

05/02/2018 Guidance Notes GN11

Provides guidance that can be used in the assessment of risk associated with gases in enclosed workplaces, to help identify where hazardous atmospheres may occur and to advise on control measures that may be appropriate.

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GN13 DSEAR risk assessment guidance for compressed gases. Revision 1: 2021

14/01/2021 Guidance Notes GN13

Provides guidance on the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) which require all sites, where there are gas containers, to undertake a risk assessment and, where necessary, to implement appropriate controls.

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GN14 Production, storage, transport and supply of gases for use in food. Revision 2: 2015

18/11/2015 Guidance Notes GN14

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.

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GN17 BCGA policy and guidance for the safe filling of third-party owned and/or maintained tanks.

01/09/2021 Guidance Notes GN17

This document is obsolete and has been replaced by Code of Practice 48, The safe filling of third-party owned and/or maintained tanks.

You can download a copy of CP48 from our Publications Section, under Codes of Practice.

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GN19 Cryogenic sample storage systems (Biostores) – Guidance on design and operation. 2012

01/09/2012 Guidance Notes GN19

This document is obsolete and has been replaced by Code of Practice 45.

You can download Code of Practice 45 here.

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GN20 Guidance for BCGA training providers. Revision 2: 2019

14/06/2019 Guidance Notes GN20

This document provides 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 gases and associated equipment.

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GN21 Environmental guidelines for air separation plant and equipment on sites regulated under IPPC. Revision 2: 2016

11/05/2016 Guidance Notes GN21

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.

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GN23 Gas safety. Information, Instruction and Training. Revision 1: 2018

19/06/2018 Guidance Notes GN23

Provides information on the topics which should be covered when considering gas safety training in the workplace. It is primarily for management and supervisors of personnel who either store, handle, use or transport gas cylinders and cryogenic gases

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GN24 The distribution, handling and cleaning of gas containers used in a biosecurity environment. Revision 1: 2019

05/02/2019 Guidance Notes GN24

This document covers the supply and collection of gas containers, from gas cylinders to bulk tankers, to sites under the control of UK Government Authorities when they are involved in a biosecurity incident.

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GN25 Guidance on assessing the competency of personnel undertaking periodic inspection and testing of gas cylinders. Revision 1: 2021

15/01/2021 Guidance Notes GN25

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.

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GN26 Medical gases. Selection and maintenance of seals used on high pressure cylinders. Revision 1: 2019

01/05/2019 Guidance Notes GN26

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.

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GN27 Guidance for the carriage of gas cylinders on vehicles. Revision 2: 2017

09/05/2017 Guidance Notes GN27

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.

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GN28 Packaging waste within the industrial gases industry. Revision 1: 2015

10/12/2015 Guidance Notes GN28

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.

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GN29 Medical gases. The management of medical oxygen in domiciliary use – 2020.

18/06/2020 Guidance Notes GN29

This document covers the supply of medical oxygen for domiciliary use, supplied to patients in their home, care home or other domiciliary facility. It includes advice to patients and carers, as well as healthcare professionals, on the initial actions to take should an incident occur with medical oxygen

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GN30 The safe use of gases in the beverage dispense industry. Revision 1: 2017

05/01/2017 Guidance Notes GN30

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.

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GN31 Medical gases. The use of valves incorporating residual pressure devices 2017.

20/07/2017 Guidance Notes GN31

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.

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GN32 Medical gases. Good distribution practice. Revision 1: 2017

05/05/2017 Guidance Notes GN32

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

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GN33 The safe use of gases for leisure and catering. 2021

04/03/2021 Guidance Notes GN33

The use of gases is common in the leisure and catering industries. However, gases are hazardous and the user of the gases has a duty of care to all those who may be affected by their activities and they have to take all necessary safety measures to control all risks.

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GN34 The safe use of gases in the steel industry. 2018

25/04/2018 Guidance Notes GN34

A document, developed with UK Steel, which provides guidance on the use of externally supplied gases at steel production sites. Includes advice on design, storage, handling, maintenance, use and gas quality.

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GN35 Vehicle selection and transport management. 2017

09/04/2017 Guidance Notes GN35

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.

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GN36 Guidance for the use, inspection and transport of cylinders with various design codes. 2017

16/08/2017 Guidance Notes GN36

Provides guidance on the range of gas cylinders which may be encountered in the UK and the associated regulations that control their use.

Readers are advised to check the information in GN36 against current legislation. Changes brought about following Brexit will be incorporated in due course.

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GN37 Medical Gases. Data integrity. 2017

24/10/2017 Guidance Notes GN37

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.

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GN39 Medical Gases. Responsible Person. 2020

09/01/2020 Guidance Notes GN39

Sets out the duties, roles and responsibilities of a Responsible Person within an organisation that distributes medicinal gases.

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GN40 Medical Gases. Quality management systems. Corrective and preventative actions. 2019

01/05/2019 Guidance Notes GN40

Any company manufacturing or distributing medical gases has to operate a quality management system. This document provides information on possible corrective and preventative actions.

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GN41 Separation distances in the gases industry. 2020

03/08/2020 Guidance Notes GN41

Clarifies BCGA's meaning of, and recommendations for, separation distances. This edition has collected many separation distances used in BCGA publications into a single document. Future revisions of this Guidance Note will review, further develop and consolidate the separation distances.

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GN42 Medical gases. Incident reporting. 2021

20/04/2021 Guidance Notes GN42

Provides information on the reporting systems available in the UK if there is an incident with, or a problem is identified with, a medicinal gas or its associated medical device.

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GN44 Portable or mobile cylinder gas equipment. Thorough inspection. 2021

01/09/2021 Guidance Notes GN44

Provides guidance to enable a thorough inspection, which must be carried out on portable or mobile cylinder gas equipment at suitable intervals by a competent independent safety inspector.

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