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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 Conference – Thursday 28 April 2022

12/01/2022 Events

The next BCGA Conference will be held on Thursday 28th April 2022 at The Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Worsley Park, Manchester.

BCGA Members Awards Submission Form

11/11/2021 News

The BCGA Member Awards are completely free to enter. Complete the submission form before Tuesday 1st March 2022.

EIGA 62/22 – Methods to avoid and detect internal corrosion of gas cylinders and tubes

17/01/2022 News

EIGA has published this revised document.  A revision of EIGA 62/14. Summary: This publication provides guidance to help prevent and detect internal corrosion of compressed gas cylinders and tubes. 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 […]

EIGA 134/21 – Potentially explosive atmospheres EU Directive 1999/92/EC

17/01/2022 News

EIGA has published this revised document.  A revision of EIGA 134/12. Summary: EU Directive 1999/92/EC, on minimum requirements for improving the safety and health protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres, also known as ATEX 137, defines the minimum requirements to protect workers from potentially explosive atmospheres. This publication has been issued to […]

EIGA 193/21 – Guidance for safety and reliability of oxygen self-fill systems

17/01/2022 News

EIGA has published this revised document.  A revision of EIGA 193/14. Summary: Provides guidance on these systems in a home environment with high pressure oxygen and provides advice to the manufacturers, designers, purchasers, homecare service providers, users (patients or care givers) and prescribers. This publication can be viewed or downloaded on the EIGA Website by […]

SI 2022 No.8 – Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022

17/01/2022 News

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has laid before Parliament an amendment to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 The amendment comes into force on 6 April 2022.  https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2022/8/contents/made HSE provide general advice on personal protective equipment at https://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/ppe.htm HSE provide supporting information for the amendment Regulation at:  https://www.hse.gov.uk/ppe/index.htm 17 January 2022

BCGA issue new GN45 – Dangerous Goods Advisor

12/01/2022 News

Sets out the purpose, role and duties of a Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor, with an emphasis on Class 2 (gases) dangerous goods. Guidance Note 45 – Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor. 2022 can be downloaded from the publications area of the website. 12 January 2022

BCGA Shortlisted for the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards 2022

06/01/2022 News

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) is delighted to have been shortlisted in five categories at the prestigious Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards. The categories are Campaign of the Year, Leadership, Rising Star, Good Governance and the Corporate Social Responsibility Award. Now in its nineteenth year, the prestigious Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice […]

BCGA issue Revision to TIS 40 – Gas cylinders at crime scenes

06/01/2022 News

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 […]

BCGA Member Awards 2022

08/11/2021 Events News

2021 saw us hold our first Digital Conference and launch the BCGA Member Awards, but 2022 will be the year we come together in person to celebrate the achievements of the industry at the BCGA Annual Conference. At BCGA, we want to give the industry a chance to recognise colleagues, leaders and friends in the […]

BCGA Shortlisted for the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards 2022

13/12/2021 Press Release

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) is delighted to have been shortlisted in five categories at the prestigious Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards. The categories are Campaign of the Year, Leadership, Rising Star, Good Governance and the Corporate Social Responsibility Award. Now in its nineteenth year, the prestigious Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice […]

The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021

13/12/2021 News

The Department of Transport (DfT) have published an amendment to The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations. The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021 – SI 2021 No. 1370 The legislation comes into force on 01/01/2023. The legislation is available at: […]