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BCGA guide details gas container information

14 September 2017

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) working closely with the Department for Transport has pulled together a wealth of information and guidance to produce a new, definitive guide to the many types of gas containers in use in the UK.

BCGA Guidance Note 36 covers the use, inspection and transport of cylinders with various design codes.

It has been written to tackle some of the difficulties in interpreting ADR, the European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road, and is endorsed by officials from the Department for Transport.

Doug Thornton, Chief Executive of BCGA, said: “Current regulations and standards relating to the use of different types of gas containers are extensive, complex and can be difficult to understand.

“GN36 has been written to offer an interpretation of that guidance. It covers the range of industrial, food and medical gas cylinders which may be encountered within the UK and sets out which are allowed for particular uses, where they may be used and where not.

“The content is relevant to a wide audience including end-users of gas cylinders, as well as those who make, refurbish, fill, test and transport them.

“It is a completely new publication from us and has taken a lot of work over a number of years to produce.

“We believe it will become an invaluable reference point.”

BCGA pooled together industry expertise from across its membership and other sources to produce the information, overseen by its technical sub-committee TSC2.

TSC2 is led by an expert in international safety standards, Dr Warren Hepples, who is also Chair of ISO/TC 58, the lead standards committee internationally for the standardization of gas cylinders, their fittings and characteristics relating to their manufacture and use.

Guidance Note 36 can be downloaded for free at

The document is one of a wide-range of respected publications and information available for free download from the BCGA’s website, provided as part of the association’s mission to ensure safety in the use, storage, transportation and handling of gases.

Mr Thornton added: “The compressed gases sector is the UK’s ‘invisible industry,’ with industrial, medical and food gases playing a critical role in many aspects of life, underpinning a safe, successful and healthy nation.

“Members of BCGA operate in a highly-regulated industry and work together on technical, safety, health and environmental issues to achieve high standards of integrity and environmental care, both within their own and customers’ working environments.

“As a result of this approach, over the years we’ve built up a wide-range of information that is useful to a wide range of professionals and industries and is regularly updated.

“BCGA’s mission is to ensure safety in the use, storage, transportation and handling of industrial, food and medical gases.

“Our respected publications are key to that and significant resources are deployed to bring each of our publications together.

“By making access to all this information easier than ever we are taking a significant step in sharing the thought leadership, expertise and knowledge of BCGA in handling and influencing safety.”

As well as its publications, BCGA also actively promotes safety practice through its participation in the preparation and revision of National, European and International Standards.

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