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industry

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.

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BCGA welcomes landmark Nitrous Oxide case

26/02/2024 News

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has welcomed the first conviction under a new ban on Nitrous Oxide sales – but warned more needs to be done to protect young people. In a landmark case this month (Feb 2024) a man has been jailed for four months for possession and intent to supply Nitrous Oxide, […]

BCGA Conference 2024

01/11/2023 Events

We are pleased to confirm the 2024 BCGA Conference & Awards will take place on Thursday 16th May 2024 at The Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Worsley Park, Manchester.

PD 5500: 2024 – Specification for unfired pressure vessels.

16/02/2024 News

The British Standards Institute (BSI) have published the latest revision of PD 5500: 2024 – Specification for unfired pressure vessels. This latest revision can be accessed here: https://knowledge.bsigroup.com/products/specification-for-unfired-pressure-vessels-6 PD 5500, the UK’s national pressure vessels code, has been instrumental in ensuring the safety and efficiency of unfired pressure vessel design, manufacture, inspection, and testing for […]

BCGA President

08/02/2024 News

BCGA is inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified employees of Member Companies for the position of President of the BCGA. The President is a voluntary position, with no renumeration, and the position is held for a two year period typically running from a point around May time.Historically this position has been filled from within […]

BCGA issue new Technical Information Sheet 53

22/01/2024 News

Illicit operators and stolen gas cylinders. 2024 The theft of gas cylinders takes them outside of the control of the legitimate, legally regulated and quality-assured asset owner and operator. This document highlights the significant risks. BCGA TIS53 Illicit operators and stolen gas cylinders. 2024 can be downloaded free of charge from the publications area of the website. […]

BCGA issue revision to Technical Information Sheet 31

19/01/2024 News

Gas classification changes under ISO 10156. Revision 2: 2024 Highlights changes made to the classification of some gas mixtures under the scope of ISO 10156 and identifies the significant actions to be carried out by the gas supplier and the gas user. BCGA TIS31 Gas classification changes under ISO 10156. Revision 2: 2024 can be […]

BCGA issue revision to Technical Information Sheet 39

24/11/2023 News

Medical gases. Quality control and batch certification of bulk medicinal liquid oxygen. Revision 1: 2023 Details both the practical and scientific justification for a concession allowed by the medical regulatory authorities for the retrospective release by a qualified person (QP) of bulk medical liquid oxygen. BCGA TIS39 Medical gases. Quality control and batch certification of […]

BCGA issue revision to Technical Information Sheet 36

20/11/2023 News

Medical gases. The safe handling and use of gas cylinders fitted with valves with integrated pressure regulators. Revision 1: 2023 Some medical gas cylinders integrate pressure regulators within the cylinder valve. TIS 36 provides advice on the safe handling and use of such cylinders. BCGA TIS36 Medical gases. The safe handling and use of gas […]

DfT Guidance on transportable pressure equipment update

16/11/2023 News

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published its updated guidance on the Carriage of dangerous goods and use of transportable pressure equipment Regulations 2009 (as amended). Department for Transport (DfT) guidance for ‘Placing transportable pressure equipment on the market in Great Britain’. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/placing-transportable-pressure-equipment-on-the-market-in-great-britain This document explains the upcoming changes to the rules for placing transportable […]

EIGA Winter Summit 2024

14/11/2023 News

The EIGA Winter summit 2024 will take place on 23-25 January 2024 in Antwerp, Germany. To find out more and to book your place please click here. 14 November 2023

BCGA issue revision to Technical Information Sheet 6

10/11/2023 News

Gas cylinder identification. Label and colour code requirements. Revision 4: 2023 An explanation of the content of a typical gas cylinder label and a guide to the colour codes used on gas cylinders. BCGA TIS6 Gas cylinder identification. Label and colour code requirements. Revision 4: 2023 can be downloaded free of charge from the publications area of […]

BCGA statement on Nitrous Oxide ban

08/11/2023 News

The Home Office has announced that possession of nitrous oxide, also known as ‘laughing gas’, will be illegal from 8 November 2023. The ban will make nitrous oxide a controlled Class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. When misused, nitrous oxide can cause serious damage to the health and livelihood of the […]