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TIS 3 has been withdrawn.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.
Gas cylinder identification. Label and colour coding requirements. Revision 3: 2018
An explanation of the content of a typical gas cylinder label and a guide to the colour coding system used on gas cylinders.
Guidelines for the safe transportation, storage, use and disposal of solid carbon dioxide (dry ice). Revision 3: 2021
Information and safety advice on all aspects of handling and using solid carbon dioxide (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 3: 2018
A safety checklist for those who purchase gas cylinders containing food quality gases for beverage dispense and/or manage those cylinders in the cellar.
New cylinder valve outlet connections - Effect on cylinder equipment. Revision 3: 2018
Provides advice on valve outlet connections listed within BS 341 and their relationship with the ‘New European Valve Outlet Connection' system which is detailed in ISO 5145.
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.
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.
Date marking of gas accessories. Revision 3: 2018
Manufacturers & suppliers use various systems to identify the date at which certain items will require replacement or refurbishment. This document identifies the marking system employed by some BCGA members.
Refurbishment of components used with compressed gases for welding, cutting and related processes. Revision 1: 2015
TIS 19 has been withdrawn.
The information contained in TIS 19 has been incorporated into, as appropriate, BCGA CP 7 and CP 47.
Medical gases. BCGA policy on colour coding. Revision 2: 2019
This document sets out the BCGA policy for the colours used on a medical gas cylinder, for both the body and the shoulder, to differentiate medical gases from other gases and to assist in the identification of the gas within. It then details the conversion program to implement the changes required.
Medical gases. BCGA policy on valve outlets. Revision 2: 2019
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 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.
Risk assessment guidance for the safe use of liquid nitrogen dewars. Revision 1: 2020
Provides guidance when carrying out a risk assessment on the specific hazards associated with using dewars containing liquid nitrogen.
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.
Oxy-fuel gas equipment. Selection and assembly. 2018
A summary of the requirements for selecting and assembling oxy-fuel gas equipment which supports the requirements of BCGA Code of Practice 7.
Working in reduced oxygen atmospheres. Revision 2: 2019
There are safety issues where controlled workplace atmospheres are in use, for example, ‘Hypoxic air' fire suppression systems, where lower than normal oxygen levels are present. This Technical Information Sheet provides advice and guidance to installers and premise owners where these systems are, or are about to be, fitted, for the safety of those who are required to access such spaces
Gas classification changes under ISO 10156. Revision 1: 2018
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 2: 2019
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.
Good industry practice for the supply of cylinders containing corrosive gases. 2014
Gas cylinders in corrosive gas service require extra management controls to ensure safety in their supply and storage. This Technical Information Sheet details the additional actions to be taken by the gas suppliers.
This document is for BCGA members only. This can accessed through the members area in member publications.
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 2: 2019
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.
Cylinders provided for the return of waste ozone depleting substances, fluorinated gases and anhydrous ammonia. 2019
Provides information on the use of recovery cylinders for the return of waste ozone depleting substances, fluorinated gases and anhydrous ammonia either for preparation for re-use or for disposal, and identifies the appropriate environmental waste duty of care process.
Medical gases. Data Integrity Policy. 2018
Data integrity is fundamental in a pharmaceutical quality system. This document provides guidance on compliance with the data integrity requirements for batch documentation relating to medicinal gases.
Gas cylinder filling. Audit. 2018
Filling cylinders has to be carried out at specially equipped centres, with qualified staff, using appropriate procedures. This document contains a checklist which can be used to assist in an audit of a cylinder filling facility.
Human factors. 2019
Human factors influence behaviour at work in a way that could affect health and safety. This document focuses on human factors whilst at work within the gases industry.
Guidance for the protection of vehicle crew working in all weather conditions. 2019
Vehicle crews are required to work outdoors in all weather conditions. This document provides guidance on the weather conditions that may be encountered and advice on the risk assessment and subsequent control measures that may be necessary.
Transportable gas cylinders. Valve life. 2019
Gas cylinder valves are initially allocated a life by the manufacturer. Valves are marked with a date. This document provides guidance on managing the service life of a valve.
Manned security guarding. 2019
Many members employ the services of security guards to protect their sites, assets and people. This publication provides guidance on the selection and operational use of security guards and security services as well the responsibilities of those involved in the management of security guards.