Technical Information Sheets (TIS)
Three seat cutting nozzles - Dimensions. Revision 1: 2012
TIS 3 has been withdrawn.
The information contained in TIS 3 has been incorporated into BCGA CP 7, Revision 7, Corrigendum 1: 2017.
Cylinder identification. Colour coding and labelling requirements. Revision 2: 2012
A guide to the colour coding system used to identify gas cylinders and an explanation of some of the content of a gas cylinder label.
Guidelines for the safe transportation, storage, use and disposal of dry ice products. Revision 2: 2015
Information and safety advice on all aspects of handling and using dry ice.
Information for customers collecting gas cylinders. Revision 2: 2015
Basic information and safety advice for customers collecting, handling and storing gas cylinders.
Gas safety in the hospitality industry. Revision 2: 2013
A safety checklist for those who purchase beverage dispense gas and/or manage gas cylinders in the cellar.
New cylinder valve outlet connections - Effect on cylinder equipment. Revision 2: 2013
Provides advice on the changes made to BS 341 valve outlet connections, including a reduction in pressure to 250 bar and 4 new connections for use between 250 bar to 300 bar and their association with the 'New European Valve Outlet Connection' system.
Handle gas cylinders safely. Information for customers handling gas cylinders. Revision 2: 2015
Provides information for customers to help those handling large gas cylinders do so in a safer manner.
Gas Cylinders - Decanting Gases. Revision 2: 2015
Decanting gases is a specialist activity requiring competent people with the appropriate expertise and suitable equipment. Getting it wrong carries a risk of fatality, serious personal injury, property damage or affecting the quality of the end product. This document provides guidance on which regulations are to be followed and the hazards involved.
Model risk assessment for the storage and use of gas cylinders for oxy-fuel applications. Revision 1: 2015
This document lays out a model risk assessment. Included are a series of tabulated risk assessment sheets which address the main aspects of the storage, transportation and use of oxygen / fuel cylinders. A copy is also provided in a format that allows the user to modify the contents to suit their specific needs.
Where this document is downloaded as an Excel Spreadsheet, the user has the option of amending the contents and, as such, it is beyond the direct control of the BCGA. In this situation, the user takes full responsibility for the contents of the document.
Please see the TIS 15 below to download the amendable Excel Spreadsheet.
BCGA TIS 15
Model risk assessments for the storage and use of gas cylinders for oxy - fuel applications (Excel spreadsheet). Revision 1: 2015.
The model risk assessment available to download in an Excel Spreadsheet format.
The storage of gas cylinders containing corrosive gas at users' premises. Revision 1: 2014
Cylinders containing corrosive gas are perfectly safe when handled and stored appropriately. This document provides guidance on the safe storage of cylinders containing corrosive gases at the users' premises.
Model risk assessment for the manual handling of gas cylinders. Revision 1: 2016
A Model Risk Assessment supporting BCGA Guidance Note 3 and which assists users to identify and manage the safety hazards associated with the manual handling of gas cylinders.
A copy is also provided in a format that allows the user to modify the contents to suit their specific needs. See TIS 17 Excel publication.
Model risk assessment for the manual handling of gas cylinders (excel publication). Revision 1: 2016
The model risk assessment is available to download in an Excel Spreadsheet format.
Where this document is downloaded as an Excel Spreadsheet the user has the option of amending the contents and, as such, it is beyond the direct control of the BCGA. In this situation the user takes full responsibility for the contents of the document.
Gas equipment inspection/replacement date marking. Revision 2: 2013
Manufacturers & suppliers use various systems of date marking or inspection / replacement stamps to identify the age of industrial gas equipment. This can cause confusion and make it difficult to establish the age of equipment. This document identifies the marking system employed by some BCGA members. This assists users in complying with the maintenance requirements of various BCGA documents.
Refurbishment of components used with compressed gases for welding, cutting and related processes. Revision 1: 2015
Sets out the BCGA policy for no longer supporting the refurbishment of components used with compressed gases for welding, cutting and related processes.
Medical gas cylinders. BCGA policy statement on colour coding. Revision 1: 2013
This document sets out the BCGA policy for the colours used to paint a medical gas cylinder, for both the body and the shoulder, to assist in the identification of the gas within, and discuses the conversion program in place to implement the changes required.
Medical gas cylinders. BCGA policy statement on valve outlets. Revision 1: 2013
This document details the BCGA policy, agreed with the MHRA, on rationalising the number of different valve outlets available for medical gases to minimise the risk of administering the wrong gas to a patient and discusses the conversion program in place to implement the changes required.
Connecting Gas Cylinders. Revision 1: 2016
Technical Information Sheet 22 (TIS 22) provides a recommended procedure for safely connecting gas cylinders to equipment
BCGA Policy regarding internal examination and proof pressure testing of static cryogenic liquid storage tanks. 2012
This document is provided to supplement BCGA CP 39, Module 1 and details the BCGA policy on the internal examination and proof pressure testing of static cryogenic storage vessels with the rationale and evidence in support this position.
Welding Fumes - Safety Alert. Revision 1: 2013
BCGA, working with the HSE and other stakeholders, has published this safety alert to highlight the hazards from welding fume. It explains the hazard and encourages correct behaviour and the use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.
Model risk assessment for the transport of gas cylinders. 2012
A Model Risk Assessment intended to support BCGA Code of Practice 31 and which assists users with identifying and managing the safety hazards associated with the transportation of gas cylinder packages containing both compressed, liquefied and dissolved gases. It does not cover cylinder bundles and cryogenic liquid vessels.
Model risk assessment for the safe use of liquid nitrogen dewars. 2012
A Model Risk Assessment intended to support BCGA Code of Practice 30 and which provides a structured approach for employers and employees to evaluate related workplace hazards. Included are a series of tabulated risk assessment documents which address the main aspects of the storage, handling, use and transportation of liquid nitrogen in dewars.
The use of non-refillable cylinders. 2012
Non-refillable cylinders (NRC) are used to supply a range of gases and are common, for example, in the gas detection and safety markets. NRC's are manufactured in many parts of the world. They are freely traded across international boundaries and in order to be put on the market within Europe, as dangerous goods, they are required to follow the regulations relating to the carriage of dangerous goods. It has come to the notice of the BCGA that a number of the traders of these products may be supplying cylinders and valves which do not conform to the appropriate regulations. The BCGA wish to draw attention to the shippers and users of these NRC products that it is their legal responsibility to ensure that all NRC's are compliant with EC / EU directives and as such both the cylinders and valves have to be fully approved in accordance with these directives.
Technical Information Sheet 30 - Working in reduced oxygen atmospheres. Revision 1: 2014
The BCGA is concerned about the use of controlled workplace atmospheres, for example, associated with 'Hypoxic air' fire suppression systems, where lower than normal oxygen levels are present. This Technical Information Sheet provides advice and guidance to installers and premises owners where these systems are, or are about to be, fitted, to ensure the safety of those who are required to access such spaces.
Gas classification changes under ISO 10156. 2014
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.
Acetylene or propane (for welding, cutting and allied processes). Revision 1: 2014
This document provides technical information on the different properties of acetylene and propane to help the user make an informed choice when choosing a fuel gas for welding, cutting and allied processes.
Medical gases. The safe handling and use of gas cylinders fitted with valves with integrated pressure regulators. 2017
Some medical gas cylinders integrate pressure regulators within the cylinder valve. TIS 36 provides advice on the safe handling and use of such cylinders.
Medical Gases. Gas cylinder cleanliness standards. Revision 1: 2017
Details the requirement to keep medical gas cylinders clean and covers the methods used to either clean the external surface or to return a cylinder in protective packaging. It does not address the internal condition of a gas container or the quality of the gas within.
Moving gas cylinders and bundles within the workplace. 2017
Provides information on the different methods available to safely carry out the movement of gas cylinders and bundles.
Medical Gases. Quality control and QP batch certification of bulk medical liquid oxygen. 2016
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
Gas cylinders at crime scenes. 2016
Addresses the safety concerns for personnel at a crime scene where gas cylinders are present, and which may have also been used during the crime. It provides advice on staying safe when approaching and handling gas cylinders, as well as points of contact with industry experts. It will be of particular interest to Police and other law enforcement agencies.