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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TIS3 Three seat cutting nozzles – Dimensions. Revision 1: 2012

01/09/2012 Technical Information Sheets TIS3

The information contained in TIS 3 has been incorporated into BCGA CP 7, Revision 7, Corrigendum 1: 2017.

You can download Code of Practice 7 here:

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TIS6 Gas cylinder identification. Label and colour coding requirements. Revision 3: 2018

11/04/2018 Technical Information Sheets TIS6

An explanation of the content of a typical gas cylinder label and a guide to the colour coding system used on gas cylinders.

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TIS7 Guidelines for the safe transportation, storage, use and disposal of solid carbon dioxide (dry ice). Revision 3: 2021

13/01/2021 Technical Information Sheets TIS7

Information and safety advice on all aspects of handling and using solid carbon dioxide (dry ice).

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TIS8 Information for customers collecting gas cylinders. Revision 2: 2015

28/10/2015 Technical Information Sheets TIS8

Basic information and safety advice for customers collecting, handling and storing gas cylinders.

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TIS9 Gas safety in the hospitality industry. Revision 3: 2018

20/12/2018 Technical Information Sheets TIS9

A safety checklist for those who purchase gas cylinders containing food quality gases for beverage dispense and/or manage those cylinders in the cellar.

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TIS10 New cylinder valve outlet connections – Effect on cylinder equipment. Revision 3: 2018

08/10/2018 Technical Information Sheets TIS10

Provides advice on valve outlet connections listed within BS 341 and their relationship with the ‘New European Valve Outlet Connection' system which is detailed in ISO 5145.

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TIS12 Handle gas cylinders safely. Information for customers handling gas cylinders. Revision 2: 2015

08/10/2015 Technical Information Sheets TIS12

Provides information for customers to help those handling large gas cylinders do so in a safer manner.

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TIS13 Gas Cylinders – Decanting Gases. Revision 2: 2015

03/08/2015 Technical Information Sheets TIS13

Decanting gases is a specialist activity requiring competent people with the appropriate expertise and suitable equipment. Getting it wrong carries a risk of fatality, serious personal injury, property damage or affecting the quality of the end product. This document provides guidance on which regulations are to be followed and the hazards involved.

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TIS15 Model risk assessment for the storage and use of gas cylinders for oxy-fuel applications. Revision 1: 2015

18/11/2015 Technical Information Sheets TIS15

This document lays out a model risk assessment. Included are a series of tabulated risk assessment sheets which address the main aspects of the storage, transportation and use of oxygen / fuel cylinders. A copy is also provided in a format that allows the user to modify the contents to suit their specific needs.

Where this document is downloaded as an Excel Spreadsheet, the user has the option of amending the contents and, as such, it is beyond the direct control of the BCGA. In this situation, the user takes full responsibility for the contents of the document.

Please see the TIS 15 below to download the amendable Excel Spreadsheet.

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TIS15 Model risk assessments for the storage and use of gas cylinders for oxy – fuel applications (Excel spreadsheet). Revision 1: 2015.

18/11/2015 Technical Information Sheets TIS15

The model risk assessment available to download in an Excel Spreadsheet format.

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TIS16 The storage of gas cylinders containing corrosive gas at users’ premises. Revision 1: 2014

06/06/2014 Technical Information Sheets TIS16

Cylinders containing corrosive gas are perfectly safe when handled and stored appropriately. This document provides guidance on the safe storage of cylinders containing corrosive gases at the users' premises.

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TIS17 Model risk assessment for the manual handling of gas cylinders. Revision 1: 2016

09/05/2016 Technical Information Sheets TIS17

A Model Risk Assessment supporting BCGA Guidance Note 3 and which assists users to identify and manage the safety hazards associated with the manual handling of gas cylinders.

A copy is also provided in a format that allows the user to modify the contents to suit their specific needs. See TIS 17 Excel publication.

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TIS17-XL Model risk assessment for the manual handling of gas cylinders (excel publication). Revision 1: 2016

01/09/2016 Technical Information Sheets TIS17-XL

The model risk assessment is available to download in an Excel Spreadsheet format.

Where this document is downloaded as an Excel Spreadsheet the user has the option of amending the contents and, as such, it is beyond the direct control of the BCGA. In this situation the user takes full responsibility for the contents of the document.

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TIS18 Date marking of gas accessories. Revision 3: 2018

08/05/2018 Technical Information Sheets TIS18

Manufacturers & suppliers use various systems to identify the date at which certain items will require replacement or refurbishment. This document identifies the marking system employed by some BCGA members.

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TIS20 Medical gases. BCGA policy on colour coding. Revision 2: 2019

31/07/2019 Technical Information Sheets TIS20

This document sets out the BCGA policy for the colours used on a medical gas cylinder, for both the body and the shoulder, to differentiate medical gases from other gases and to assist in the identification of the gas within. It then details the conversion program to implement the changes required.

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TIS21 Medical gases. BCGA policy on valve outlets. Revision 2: 2019

13/05/2019 Technical Information Sheets TIS21

This document details the BCGA policy, agreed with the MHRA, on rationalising the number of different valve outlets available for medical gases to minimise the risk of administering the wrong gas to a patient and discusses the conversion program in place to implement the changes required.

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TIS22 Connecting Gas Cylinders. Revision 2: 2021

04/11/2021 Technical Information Sheets TIS22

Technical Information Sheet 22 (TIS 22) provides a recommended procedure for safely connecting gas cylinders to equipment.

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TIS23 BCGA Policy regarding internal examination and proof pressure testing of static cryogenic liquid storage tanks. 2012

20/09/2012 Technical Information Sheets TIS23

This document is provided to supplement BCGA CP 39 and details the BCGA policy on the internal examination and proof pressure testing of static cryogenic storage vessels with the rationale and evidence in support this position.

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TIS24 Welding Fumes – Safety Alert. Revision 1: 2013

03/10/2013 Technical Information Sheets TIS24

BCGA, working with the HSE and other stakeholders, has published this safety alert to highlight the hazards from welding fume. It explains the hazard and encourages correct behaviour and the use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.

This publication has been replaced by Safety Alert 3, Welding Fumes.

You can download Safety Alert 3 here:

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TIS26 Model risk assessment for the transport of gas cylinders. 2012

26/07/2012 Technical Information Sheets TIS26

A Model Risk Assessment intended to support BCGA Code of Practice 31 and which assists users with identifying and managing the safety hazards associated with the transportation of gas cylinder packages containing both compressed, liquefied and dissolved gases. It does not cover cylinder bundles and cryogenic liquid vessels.

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TIS26-XL Model risk assessment for the transport of gas cylinders. 2012 (Excel)

22/11/2021 Technical Information Sheets TIS26-XL

A Model Risk Assessment intended to support BCGA Code of Practice 31 and which assists users with identifying and managing the safety hazards associated with the transportation of gas cylinder packages containing both compressed, liquefied and dissolved gases. It does not cover cylinder bundles and cryogenic liquid vessels.

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TIS27 Risk assessment guidance for the safe use of liquid nitrogen dewars. Revision 1: 2020

28/04/2020 Technical Information Sheets TIS27

Provides guidance when carrying out a risk assessment on the specific hazards associated with using dewars containing liquid nitrogen.

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TIS28 Non-refillable cylinders. Revision 1: 2021

16/04/2021 Technical Information Sheets TIS28

Non-refillable cylinders are widely used. They have similar hazards to other types of gas cylinders and are required to comply with the appropriate legislation and standards, as well as undergoing conformity assessment. Once empty they must not be refilled and must be disposed of responsibly.

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TIS29 Oxy-fuel gas equipment. Selection and assembly. 2018

29/03/2018 Technical Information Sheets TIS29

A summary of the requirements for selecting and assembling oxy-fuel gas equipment which supports the requirements of BCGA Code of Practice 7.

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TIS30 Working in reduced oxygen atmospheres. Revision 2: 2019

24/09/2019 Technical Information Sheets TIS30

There are safety issues where controlled workplace atmospheres are in use, for example, ‘Hypoxic air' fire suppression systems, where lower than normal oxygen levels are present. This Technical Information Sheet provides advice and guidance to installers and premise owners where these systems are, or are about to be, fitted, for the safety of those who are required to access such spaces.

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TIS31 Gas classification changes under ISO 10156. Revision 1: 2018

05/04/2018 Technical Information Sheets TIS31

Highlights changes made to the classification of some gas mixtures under the scope of ISO 10156 and identifies the significant actions to be carried out by the gas supplier and the gas user.

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TIS32 Acetylene or propane (for welding, cutting and allied processes). Revision 2: 2019

02/07/2019 Technical Information Sheets TIS32

This document provides technical information on the different properties of acetylene and propane to help the user make an informed choice when choosing a fuel gas for welding, cutting and allied processes.

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TIS33 Good industry practice for the supply of cylinders containing corrosive gases. 2014

02/09/2014 Technical Information Sheets TIS33

Gas cylinders in corrosive gas service require extra management controls to ensure safety in their supply and storage. This Technical Information Sheet details the additional actions to be taken by the gas suppliers.

This document is for BCGA members only. This can accessed through the members area in member publications.

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TIS36 Medical gases. The safe handling and use of gas cylinders fitted with valves with integrated pressure regulators. 2017

05/01/2017 Technical Information Sheets TIS36

Some medical gas cylinders integrate pressure regulators within the cylinder valve. TIS 36 provides advice on the safe handling and use of such cylinders.

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TIS37 Medical Gases. Gas cylinder cleanliness standards. Revision 2: 2019

18/06/2019 Technical Information Sheets TIS37

Details the requirement to keep medical gas cylinders clean and covers the methods used to either clean the external surface or to return a cylinder in protective packaging. It does not address the internal condition of a gas container or the quality of the gas within.

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TIS38 Moving gas cylinders and bundles within the workplace. 2017

27/03/2017 Technical Information Sheets TIS38

Provides information on the different methods available to safely carry out the movement of gas cylinders and bundles.

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TIS39 Medical Gases. Quality control and QP batch certification of bulk medical liquid oxygen. 2016

01/12/2016 Technical Information Sheets TIS39

Details both the practical and scientific justification for a concession allowed by the medical regulatory authorities for the retrospective release by a qualified person (QP) of bulk medical liquid oxygen.

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TIS40 Gas cylinders at crime scenes. 2016

30/03/2016 Technical Information Sheets TIS40

Addresses the safety concerns for personnel at a crime scene where gas cylinders are present, and which may have also been used during the crime. It provides advice on staying safe when approaching and handling gas cylinders, as well as points of contact with industry experts. It will be of particular interest to Police and other law enforcement agencies.

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TIS41 Cylinders provided for the return of waste ozone depleting substances, fluorinated gases and anhydrous ammonia. 2019

26/07/2019 Technical Information Sheets TIS41

Provides information on the use of recovery cylinders for the return of waste ozone depleting substances, fluorinated gases and anhydrous ammonia either for preparation for re-use or for disposal, and identifies the appropriate environmental waste duty of care process.

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TIS42 Medical gases. Data Integrity Policy. 2018

17/01/2018 Technical Information Sheets TIS42

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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TIS43 Gas cylinder filling. Audit. 2018

23/10/2018 Technical Information Sheets TIS43

Filling cylinders has to be carried out at specially equipped centres, with qualified staff, using appropriate procedures. This document contains a checklist which can be used to assist in an audit of a cylinder filling facility.

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TIS44 Human factors. 2019

14/05/2019 Technical Information Sheets TIS44

Human factors influence behaviour at work in a way that could affect health and safety. This document focuses on human factors whilst at work within the gases industry.

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TIS45 Guidance for the protection of vehicle crew working in all weather conditions. 2019

19/02/2019 Technical Information Sheets TIS45

Vehicle crews are required to work outdoors in all weather conditions. This document provides guidance on the weather conditions that may be encountered and advice on the risk assessment and subsequent control measures that may be necessary.

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TIS46 Transportable gas cylinders. Valve life. 2019

11/07/2019 Technical Information Sheets TIS46

Gas cylinder valves are initially allocated a life by the manufacturer. Valves are marked with a date. This document provides guidance on managing the service life of a valve.

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TIS47 Manned security guarding. 2019

12/12/2019 Technical Information Sheets TIS47

Many members employ the services of security guards to protect their sites, assets and people. This publication provides guidance on the selection and operational use of security guards and security services as well the responsibilities of those involved in the management of security guards.

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TIS48 Gas equipment. Security cages. 2021

21/05/2021 Technical Information Sheets TIS48

Gas cylinders and associated equipment require safe and secure storage. Provides guidance to enhance security where cages are used to store gas equipment.

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