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Revised guidance for gas storage and distribution

13 December 2017

Code of Practice CP39 has been updated by the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA), providing revised guidance for the in-service requirements of pressure equipment for gas storage and distribution systems.

This includes guidance on management processes for the entire life cycle of gas pressure equipment to prevent failures that could result in a hazardous release of stored energy.

It is designed to be of interest to a range of sectors where gases are used, which includes a large number of facilities throughout the UK.

Specific sectors include manufacturing, education, automotive, catering, transport and logistics and healthcare.

CP39 is produced in accordance with the BCGA commitment to mission safety in the compressed gases sector, it stated.

Chief executive Doug Thornton said these systems require "regular examination and maintenance to ensure the continuing integrity of the equipment and the safety of personnel.

"CP39 is applicable for all new, re-used, existing and relocated pressure equipment," he said.

Mr Thornton further explained that CP39 "covers the principles and a risk-based methodology for developing in-service requirements relating to Written Schemes of Examination and the examinations carried out in accordance with them, as well as maintenance requirements".

The CoP can be downloaded free of charge here.

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