Guidance Notes (GN)


Safe cylinder handling and the application of the manual handling operations regulations to gas cylinders. Revision 3: 2016

Provides guidance on the principles of safe practice when handling gas cylinders.  It takes account of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations as they relate to gas cylinders, and provides a worked example of a typical manual handling risk assessment.

Download this document for free


Avoidance and detection of internal corrosion of gas cylinders. Revision 2: 2015.

Describes methods to prevent and detect internal corrosion of gas cylinders. Includes measures to prevent contamination by customer processes, and methods of moisture and corrosion detection.

Download this document for free


The safe use of individual portable or mobile cylinder gas supply equipment. Revision 3: 2013 Including Corrigendum 1 - January 2014

Provides guidance on the safe use, inspection and maintenance of individual cylinder gas supplies, the gas being controlled by a single cylinder mounted regulator, which is used to deliver industrial cylinder gases to gas using equipment. Does not cover toxic or corrosive gases.

Download this document for free


Catalogue of gas container marks used by BCGA members and their inspection bodies. Revision 5: 2012

This document provides a list of the recognised gas container test marks used by BCGA members and their inspection bodies to indicate a re-test.

Download this document for free


The application of the confined spaces regulations to the drinks dispense industry. Revision 2: 2015

Beverage gases and their associated dispense equipment are often located in a cellar, this may be a confined space.  If a confined space, then the Confined Spaces Regulations require operators of drinks dispense equipment to carry out an assessment of the risk to their employees arising from the possible escape of the gas. This document includes an easy-to-use assessment procedure specifically for use in a cellar, classifying the risk as tolerable, medium, or high, then gives any necessary actions resulting from the assessment.

Download this document for free


Reduced oxygen atmospheres. The management of risk associated with reduced oxygen atmospheres resulting from the use of gases in the workplace. Revision 3: 2012

This Guidance Note addresses the risk assessment of situations where inert gas use could give rise to asphyxiant atmospheres. Accidents causing injury or even death occur as a result of inadequate controls, and the document is a vital tool in minimising the probability of such events.

Download this document for free


DSEAR Risk Assessment. 2008

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) put obligations on site operators where oxidising or flammable gases are used or stored. This document explains these obligations in detail and presents model risk assessments for typical installations within the scope of DSEAR. It should therefore be of direct interest to any organisation which manufactures, uses, stores or distributes flammable or oxidant gases

Download this document for free


Production, storage, transport and supply of gases for use in food. Revision 2: 2015

Provides advice to producers and suppliers of food gases on how to comply with the Food Safety Regulations.  Companies that supply gases for food use have to meet specific legal obligations and are required to ensure food safety.  The Guidance Note includes coverage of the production and supply of food gases in bulk, the use of cylinders and other transportable receptacles, dry ice production and supply, and the supply or use of on-site gas generators.

Download this document for free


BCGA policy and guidance for the safe filling of third-party owned and/or maintained tanks. Revision 2: 2013

This Guidance Note defines a gas supplier’s responsibilities when intending to fill a third-party owned tank, used for the storage of refrigerated liquefied gases (typically nitrogen, oxygen, argon and carbon dioxide) at a customer’s premises. A check sheet is provided to aid the gas suppliers in evaluating such tanks prior to supply and a reporting procedure is laid down for informing BCGA members of unsafe tanks.

Download this document for free


Cryogenic sample storage systems (Biostores) – Guidance on design and operation. 2012

This document covers the design, installation and operation of systems used for the storage of items at cryogenic temperatures, using liquid nitrogen as a sacrificial refrigerant.

Download this document for free

Page 1 of 2