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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.

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 […]

EIGA 238/22 – Prevention of plant instrument and utility gas system cross contamination

17/05/2022 News

EIGA has issued this new publication. Summary: It applies to HYCO plants and provides design and safeguards requirements of utility and instrument gas systems. It identifies the potential hazards resulting from the connections between gases, instrument gases, and the process. This publication can be viewed or downloaded on the EIGA Website by clicking here. You […]

EIGA 132/22 – Unmanned airgas plants: Design and operation

17/05/2022 News

EIGA has issued this revised publication.  A revision of EIGA 132/15. Summary: It has been written to address issues relating to the increasing number of air gas production facilities that are run unmanned or remotely operated.  The purpose of this publication is to provide guidelines for the design, operation, and maintenance of a plant that […]

EIGA 80/22 – Handling gas container emergencies

17/05/2022 News

EIGA has issued this revised publication.  A revision of EIGA 80/14. Summary: It describes the special requirements and techniques used in handling emergencies involving gas containers.  It is intended to be a practical guide for the use of technically competent and trained practitioners. This publication can be viewed or downloaded on the EIGA Website by […]

EIGA 39/22 – The safe preparation of gas mixtures

17/05/2022 News

EIGA has issued this revised publication.  A revision of EIGA 39/14. Summary: It sets out the basic requirements to ensure that gas mixtures are manufactured safely. 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 […]

IMechE Event on Pressure Systems

17/05/2022 News

Event: Certification of Pressure Systems Equipment Tuesday 14 June 2022 IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London www.imeche.org/certification Changes to the Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations will impact on our industry. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has set up this event to inform on the changes and to allow debate with the Regulators and industry experts, including […]