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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.

BCGA issue new Leaflet 18

01/08/2022 News

This publication provides information for customers for the safe manual handling of gas cylinders. BCGA L18 – Information for customers handling gas cylinders. 2022 can be downloaded free of charge from the publications area of the website. 01 August 2022

The British standard for transportable gas container valves has been modernized

25/07/2022 News

Calling all professionals who design, manufacture and test transportable container valves – a vital industry standard has recently been revised. The British Standards Institute (BSI) has recently published an update to the legacy standardBS 341-1:2022 Gas cylinders. Cylinder valves – Threads for connection of valves to gas cylinders. Specification. The BS 341 series of standards […]

PRESS RELEASE

20/07/2022 Press Release

19 July 2022 British Compressed Gases Association head appointed to directorship role The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) Chief Executive has been appointed to the Board of Directors at the Trade Association Forum (TAF). Ellen Daniels will join leaders of industry organisations across the UK who make up the Board, which is tasked with overseeing […]

BCGA issue revision for Code of Practice 44, The storage of gas cylinders

17/06/2022 News

This document defines the principles of safe practice for the storage of gas cylinders and bundles.  It promotes the use of an outdoor store, with good natural ventilation, in a secure location, which meets the required separation distances. BCGA CP44 – The storage of gas cylinders. Revision 1: 2022 can be downloaded free of charge […]

BCGA issue revision to Code of Practice 29, Battery-vehicles and multiple-element gas containers. Design and operation.

31/05/2022 News

This is Revision 3. This publication provides guidance on the design and operation of battery-vehicles and multiple-element gas containers (MEGC) used for the carriage of compressed gases.  This includes construction, examination and certification, inspection and testing, filling and discharging. Code of Practice 29 Revision 3: 2022 can be downloaded free of charge from the publications area of […]

EIGA 919/21 – Guidelines for the preparation of safety data sheets

17/05/2022 News

EIGA has issued this revised publication.  A revision of EIGA 919/20. Summary: EIGA 919 is known as the “SDS Guide”.  It is updated regularly in order to take into account new data and new risk management measures submitted by gas producers during the REACH registration of gases and communicated in their revised SDSs. Changes in […]

EIGA 229/22 – Guidance for manual handling activities of cylinders

17/05/2022 News

EIGA has issued this revised publication.  A revision of EIGA 229/20. Summary: Manual handling is an important issue for the industrial gases sector (including all areas such as medical, food etc.).  Many activities of the industrial gases industry involve manual effort which have the potential to cause harm if not properly managed.  Manual handling related […]

EIGA 169/22 – Classification and labelling guide in accordance with EC Regulation 1272/2008 (CLP Regulation)

17/05/2022 News

EIGA has issued this revised publication.  A revision of EIGA 169/20. Summary: EIGA 169, known as the ‘Classification and Labelling Guide’ is updated regularly in order to take into account the changes in the CLP Regulation and the changes in the classification of gases due to the REACH registration of substances that have occurred. This […]

EIGA Technical Bulletin 30/22 – Classification of medical device gases according to European Medical Device Regulations

17/05/2022 News

EIGA has issued this revised publication.  A revision of EIGA TB 30/19. Summary: It establishes a harmonised approach to the classification of medical device gases to avoid different interpretations of rules and risk classes across the different EU member states. This publication can be viewed or downloaded on the EIGA Website by clicking here. You […]

EIGA Technical Bulletin 43/22 – Secondary identification of H2 vehicle at dispenser

17/05/2022 News

EIGA has issued this new publication. Summary: It discusses the degree of risk and mitigation that have been identified for dispensers at hydrogen refueling stations. This publication can be viewed or downloaded on the EIGA Website by clicking here. You can view or download many other EIGA publications at the following address: www.eiga.eu. 17 May […]

EIGA Technical Bulletin 42/22 – Welded gaseous storage vessels and hydrogen

17/05/2022 News

EIGA has issued this new publication. Summary: It provides recommendations concerning the suitability of welded gaseous storage for hydrogen service and provides guidelines for minimising the effects of embrittlement when designing new welded storage vessels and gives recommendations for assessing the safety of existing storage vessels, when the design pressure is greater than 25 bar. […]

EIGA 241/22 – Purification, compression and drying of acetylene

17/05/2022 News

EIGA has issued this new publication. Summary: It is intended to provide general guidelines for the purification, compression and drying of acetylene. It includes recommendations for operational and maintenance safe practices to mitigate potential acetylene decomposition and other hazards related to the purification, compression and drying of acetylene. This publication can be viewed or downloaded […]