Before putting a gas supply distribution system into operation, all necessary documentation is to be in place and safe systems of work are to be implemented. The gas supply and distribution system must have an examination, inspection and maintenance regime in place in accordance with relevant legislation, for example, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations and the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations. Refer to BCGA CP 39.
Gas users who require to have a gas supply and distribution system installed are strongly recommended to work with a Designer who has relevant design experience and to select an Installer experienced in installing pipework for industrial, medical and food gas applications, both of whom are fully conversant with this legislation and industry codes of practice (as detailed below).
For a list of BCGA members who provide pipework design and installation services, visit our Services Directory page.
Within BCGA pipework is the responsibility of Technical Sub-Committee (TSC) 1. Members can access information on TSC1 via the Members area.
Provides the minimum safety practices and principles for the selection and assembly of pressure equipment to control and distribute gases. Details the requirements for the design, installation, testing, commissioning and handover of a pressure system. It sets out the roles and responsibilities of the Designer, the Installer and the User.Go To Download Page
Covers the design and construction of acetylene gas manifolds, working at pressures from 1.5 bar up to 25 bar, to which single or multiple cylinders can be connected. The statutory requirements in such systems are detailed.Go To Download Page
Gives guidance on the safe distribution of acetylene at pressures between 0-1.5 bar. Both fixed and mobile systems are included, as are the statutory requirements.Go To Download Page
Pressure systems require regular examination, inspection and maintenance to ensure the continuing integrity of the equipment and the safety of personnel. This code covers the principles and a risk based methodology to meet these requirements. It includes guidance on Written Schemes of Examination, Ageing Pressure Equipment Assessments and Revalidation of pressure vessels.Go To Download Page
Several BCGA publications provide advice on pipework within their specialist subject areas. All BCGA publications are accessible via the Publications page. The following publications provide specific advice on pipework: