Compressed industrial, food and medical gases improve quality of life and are essential to hundreds of thousands of people in the UK every day.

They are the nation’s ‘invisible industry’ – a multi-billion pound sector employing thousands of people, which makes a huge impact to our economic and social well-being.

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA), which has been the sector’s membership body since 1901, has produced this online area to give an insight into the scope and scale of this vital industry.

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Compressed Gases

The term “industrial gases” refers to gases such as acetylene, argon, ammonia, carbon dioxide, chlorine, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and a range of other speciality gases, used in a wide range of applications.

Industrial gases are vital for the manufacture of information technology components, as well as key UK industrial sectors including steelmaking, welding, chemical processing, electronics and the scientific sectors. They help keep homes warm and water clean, ensure food stays nutritious, appealing and affordable, and also play a critical role in applications including respiratory care, pain therapies and anaesthesia.

White Paper

Here you’ll find out our White Paper giving a background to the Invisible Industry, where the BCGA sets out the scope and scale of the industry and its vital role.

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Latest news & events

Keep up to date with relevant articles from the BCGA along with details of associated industry events.

SI 2024 No. 696 – The Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment) Regulations 2024

28/05/2024 News

The Department of Business and Trade (DBT) have advised that these amendment Regulations have been through the Parliamentary process (before prorogation) and will come into force on 1 October 2024. https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2024/696/contents/made. This amendment allows for the placing of CE marked equipment on the GB market ‘indefinitely’. 28 May 2024

BCGA welcomes new President

28/05/2024 News

An industry stalwart has been appointed President of The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA). Chris Street takes up the leadership role of the multi-billion compressed gases sector for a two-year term of office. The BCGA is the UK membership body for the industrial and medical gases industry.  With a commitment to stringent quality, safety and […]

UK REACH – Consultation

20/05/2024 News

The Government is consulting on changes to reducing costs to businesses moving from EU REACH regime to UK REACH, whilst upholding existing human health and environmental protections. Opened 16 May 2024 Closes 11 July 2024 Full details available at:  https://consult.defra.gov.uk/reach-policy/atrm-consultation/ 20 May 2024

Key topics on agenda for BCGA Conference 2024

09/04/2024 News

Hydrogen commercialisation, Nitrous Oxide and sustainability are among the major subjects that will be covered at this year’s British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) Conference. The event in May brings professionals from the compressed gases industry together for a day of presentations, panel discussions and industry insights. A full agenda covering key topics will be followed […]

BCGA Conference 2025

20/05/2024 Events

More information will be available soon on details of the BCGA conference 2025.

New BADGP Webinar Launching: National Dangerous Goods Awareness Day

09/05/2024 News

Date & Time: Thursday 11 July 2024 at 13:00 – 14:30 BST This webinar hosted by BADGP Chair Mark Spence, will include: This webinar is open to BADGP members and non-members alike. Our Presenters We are delighted to have as our presenters: Rosalind Wall, Department for Transport, Director Motoring and Freight Elizabeth Shovelton, Department for […]

DfT Guidance Note 9 – Transporting cylinders of compressed oxygen

03/05/2024 News

The Department for Transport (DfT) have updated their Guidance Note 9 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/carriage-of-dangerous-goods-guidance-note-9 The update includes references to BCGA documents: As well as the BCGA website. 3 May 2024

BCGA issue revision to Guidance Note 24

03/05/2024 News

The distribution, handling and cleaning of gas containers used in a biosecurity environment. Revision 2: 2024 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. This is a members only publication […]

BCGA issue revision to Code of Practice 7

02/05/2024 News

The safe use of oxy-fuel gas equipment (individual portable or mobile cylinder supply). Revision 9: 2024 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. BCGA […]

BCGA issue revision to Code of Practice 34

26/04/2024 News

The application of the Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations to customers sites. Revision 2: 2024 Provides an interpretation of the UK Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations (SI 2016 No. 1105).  It specifically covers the re-use of used pressure equipment, which is long standing gas industry custom and practice. BCGA CP34 – The application of the Pressure Equipment […]

BCGA issue revision to Code of Practice 16

18/04/2024 News

The carriage of gas static storage tanks by road. Revision 6: 2024 The transport 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 road transport Regulations. BCGA CP16 – The carriage of gas static […]

Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations – Amendment

17/04/2024 News

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has advised that the amendment to the Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016, Schedule 2, to allow, for equipment intended for the GB market and UKCA conformity assessment and marking, the certifying of personnel, materials, and material manufacturers’ quality assurance systems by a relevant body based either in […]