Compressed and liquefied industrial, food and medical gases offer life-saving, life-enhancing and life-promoting qualities, which ultimately improve our quality of life.
They are vital to the UK economy and essential to the existence and wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of people in the UK every day.
Since 1901, the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has been the not-for-profit UK membership body for this critical invisible industry. Its mission is to ensure safety in the use, storage, transportation and handling of industrial, food and medical gases.
Companies which manufacture and supply these vital gases are also committed to the highest standards of safety and quality, which is why they choose to become members of the BCGA.
In line with its strong safety position, the BCGA is often the voice of the industry where matters of concern arise – and currently of issue to the Association is the misuse of helium and liquid nitrogen, which are both critically important gases.
Here the BCGA has been put together a wide-range of information on the concerns it shares in these two areas, and calls for action to address them.
March 2017; BCGA Launches Online Hub To Promote The Safe Use of Helium and Liquid Nitrogen.
Here you’ll find out our White Paper on Mission Safety, where the BCGA sets out the features and benefits of helium and liquid nitrogen – and the controls it would like to see on their use.
The BCGA actively promotes safety practice through its many publications.
These publications include codes of practice, guidance notes, technical reports, leaflets and technical information sheets, as well as safety alerts and industry information and they are available for free download from the BCGA website www.bcga.co.uk Within the BCGA Leaflets area is L7, ‘The Dangers Of Misusing Gases.’
This leaflet, reviewed in 2016, highlights the dangers of misusing gases and the potential hazards that can occur if gases are used irresponsibly.It includes reference to helium and liquid nitrogen.
An overview of the UK compressed gases industry and its vital ‘invisible industry’ role can also be found on this website.
BCGA - Mission Safety
BCGA has a number of committees that are responsible for different aspects of the Associations function’s including technical advice and documentation. Our committee TSC 6 is the BCGA’s health and safety advisory group.
BCGA benefits from a team of dedicated professionals that can assist with enquiries relating to compressed gases.