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Provides the minimum safety practices and principles for the selection and assembly of pressure equipment to control and distribute gases. Details the requirements for the design, installation, testing, commissioning and handover of a pressure system. It sets out the roles and responsibilities of the Designer, the Installer and the User.Go To Download Page
Covers the design and construction of acetylene gas manifolds, working at pressures from 1.5 bar up to 25 bar, to which single or multiple cylinders can be connected. The statutory requirements in such systems are detailed.Go To Download Page
Gives guidance on the safe distribution of acetylene at pressures between 0-1.5 bar. Both fixed and mobile systems are included, as are the statutory requirements.Go To Download Page
Provides the minimum safety standards required for the assembly, examination, inspection, maintenance and use of individual portable or mobile cylinder oxy-fuel gas equipment, each gas being supplied from a cylinder and individually controlled by a cylinder-mounted pressure regulator.Go To Download Page
The movement on public roads of storage tanks, as well as other gaseous equipment, designed for use in a static location. This code does not apply to tanks designed to comply with the road transport Regulations.Go To Download Page
Provides technical and safety guidelines and principles for the safe storage and handling of special gases in transportable containers up to the point where product is provided at the required pressure and flow at the junction with the user process.Guidelines on disposal are also given.The safe operation of processes is not included, although many of the principles given in this Code will apply.Go To Download Page
Covers liquid oxygen storage installations on production sites where the storage is connected to the production process plant. No upper limit on tank size applies.Go To Download Page
Covers liquid argon or nitrogen storage installations on production sites where the storage is connected to the production process plant. No upper limit on tank size applies.Go To Download Page
The design, installation, operation and maintenance of bulk liquid carbon dioxide storage systems at users' premises. All tanks up to 250,000 litres capacity are included.Go To Download Page
This code of practice applies to transportable, vacuum insulated, tanks of not more than 1,000 litres water capacity, for the following gases: Nitrogen, argon, oxygen, carbon dioxide, helium or nitrous oxide.This code provides guidance for the minimum requirements for: General safety precautions, design and construction, operation, tank management and filling, transportation, in-service examination, modifications/repairs and records.Go To Download Page
Provides practical guidance on the design, construction, examination, testing and certification, and the filling/discharging of cylinder vehicle/trailers used for the domestic conveyance of compressed, but not liquefiable gases.
Covers the storage, maintenance, handling, filling and use of dewars. Specifically addresses the use of liquid nitrogen in open dewars and dewars fitted with liquid withdrawal devices operating at less than 0.5 bar.Go To Download Page
Details the design, construction and operation of vehicles which are used as mobile workshops or provide a specialist capability, where there is a specific requirement to use a gas. It covers the safe carriage of gas cylinders and the safe installation of gas equipment on such vehicles. It provides guidance on safe use and the competence of operators to ensure high levels of safety awareness and operational safety.Go To Download Page
This Code of Practice addresses the safety, quality and operational issues necessary for the filling of gas cylinders with food gases for beverage dispense. The document covers safe filling practices, cylinder identification, handling, corrosion prevention and product quality.Go To Download Page
CP33 covers the location, design, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of equipment for the bulk storage and supply of compressed hydrogen gas at users premises. Reference is made to relevant legislation, Codes of Practice and Standards and summarises the hazards and properties of compressed hydrogen. Compliance with the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations will require risk assessments to be carried out, which may include a formal HAZOP, during the process of installation of bulk hydrogen systems.Go To Download Page
Provides interpretation of the UK Pressure Equipment Regulations (SI 1999 No. 2001) in terms of their application to pressure systems installed at users' premises. Issues arising from the re-use of existing equipment in otherwise new installations are covered in detail.Go To Download Page
This Code of Practice gives data about the filling ratios applicable when filling gas cylinders with liquefiable gases for transport within the United Kingdom. It does not apply to any international transport - in this case the requirements of ADR will apply. It can therefore only be used with non pi-marked cylinders. Information is also given on the developed pressures in cylinders of compressed gas exposed to UK and other area climatic conditions. In some cylinder design codes the developed pressure is an important element in the establishment of the correct design criteria. Cylinders being exported from the UK may also need to be checked for safety according to the climatic conditions they may be exposed to.Go To Download Page
This document covers the installation of cryogenic liquid storage tanks and associated equipment at customer sites. For liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon. Tank sizes range from 0 to 125000 litre water capacity.Go To Download Page
Provides guidance on the management of in-service refrigerated gas transportable pressure equipment to ensure that it is serviceable for the safe transportation of gases without unintended release during the complete journey. The equipment covered includes road tankers, tank containers and other tanks used for the operation of special equipment used during transport, such as cooling equipment.Go To Download Page
Pressure systems require regular examination, inspection and maintenance to ensure the continuing integrity of the equipment and the safety of personnel. This code covers the principles and a risk based methodology to meet these requirements. It includes guidance on Written Schemes of Examination, Ageing Pressure Equipment Assessments and Revalidation of pressure vessels.Go To Download Page
Template for use with CP39 when conducting an APEA. Refer to Section 4.1. The document is an Excel spreadsheet.Go To Download Page
This document addresses the issues surrounding the security of industrial, medical and food gases (including in liquefied form) and associated items held in bulk, as cylinder stock or in transport. It provides advice on implementing security as well as reacting to security incidents.Go To Download Page
This Code of Practice covers the location, design, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and inspection of equipment used in a filling station for the dispensing into a vehicle of gaseous hydrogen, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), with or without the dispensing of other vehicle fuels such as petrol, diesel, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) etc.Go To Download Page
This publication implements the documents published by the European Industrial Gases Association to provide a basis for quality assurance of the carbon dioxide (CO2) supply chain in a consistent manner and to ensure measures for verification are adopted and maintained across UK industry.Go To Download Page
The filling of gas cylinders is hazardous and subject to statutory controls. Cylinders have to be checked to ensure their integrity and that they are safe to fill. Filling has to be carried out at specially-equipped centres, with qualified staff using appropriate procedures.Go To Download Page
This document defines the principles of safe practice for the storage of gas cylinders and bundles. It promotes the use of an external store, in a secure location, with good natural ventilation and away from any sources of ignition.Go To Download Page
The design, installation and operation of systems used for the storage of biomedical materials at cryogenic temperatures, using liquid nitrogen as a sacrificial refrigerant.Go To Download Page
This document covers cryogenic flammable liquid storage tanks and associated equipment at customer sites. Tank sizes range from 0 to 125000 litre water capacity. It provides guidance on their design, installation, commissioning and the operation of cryogenic flammable liquid storage installations.Go To Download Page
Provides guidance on the safe use, examination, inspection and maintenance of individual cylinder gas supply equipment, the gas being controlled by a single cylinder mounted regulator. It does not cover toxic or corrosive gases.Go To Download Page
Details the responsibilities of the User, the Tank Owner and the Gas Supplier when filling third party owned tanks used for the storage of refrigerated liquefied gases at a User’s premises. It includes a procedure to inform BCGA members of tanks which are deemed unsafe to fill.Go To Download Page