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

27/10/2021 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.

BCGA Member Awards 2022

08/11/2021 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 […]

EIGA Safety Leaflet 11 / 21 – Health Care Facility – Oxygen Fire Safety

01/12/2021 News

EIGA has issued this new publication. There are critical steps Healthcare Facilities can take to reduce the risk of fires involving medical oxygen 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.

BCGA issue new Guidance Note 44 – Portable or mobile cylinder gas equipment. Thorough inspection.

01/09/2021 News Publications

This guidance note provides guidance to enable a thorough inspection, which must be carried out on portable or mobile cylinder gas equipment at suitable intervals by a competent independent safety inspector.

New BCGA membership offers support for start-ups in the compressed gases sector

01/09/2021 Press Release

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has launched a new membership scheme, geared up to the specific needs of start-ups in the compressed gases sector.

DfT Consultation on the conformity assessment and marking requirements for transportable pressure equipment

12/08/2021 News

The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has concluded its consultation and published a summary of the responses they received.

BCGA issue Revision to Safety Alert 01 – The hazards of using incompatible regulators with acetylene

09/08/2021 Publications

Incidents have occurred where unsuitable regulators have been used with acetylene gas.

BCGA issue revision to Leaflet 1 – The carriage of small quantities of gas cylinders

04/08/2021 Publications

Highlights the legal and basic safety requirements for transporting small quantities of gas cylinders on a vehicle whilst at work and provides sound advice if transporting gas cylinders for personal use.

Trade body offers support for self-isolation exemption process

02/08/2021 Press Release

The British Compressed Gases Association has issued guidance to its members on the government’s self-isolation exemption application process.

BCGA issue new Leaflet 21 – Cryogenic installations. Managing ice build-up

21/07/2021 Publications

This leaflet outlines the problems associated with an increasing quantity of ice formation within a cryogenic installation and provides a methodology for safely removing the ice.

Multilateral Agreements – Carriage of Butadienes and Hydrocarbon Mixture, stabilized of Class 2

12/07/2021 News

The UK Department for Transport (DfT), as the UK Competent Authority, signed, on 12 July 2021, the following Multilateral Agreements.