BCGA support for international safety standard

PRESS RELEASE

15 November 2016

BCGA support for international safety standard

Two representatives from British Compressed Gases Association member companies have been appointed to crucial standardisation roles, which feature a global remit to ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality. 

Dr Warren Hepples of Luxfer Gas Cylinders has been appointed Chair of ISO/TC 58, the lead standards committee internationally for gas cylinders, their fittings and characteristics. Dr Hepples was previously Chair of the sub-committee ISO/TC 58/SC 3, which specialises in Cylinder design.

Mr Simon Davies of Arrowhead Industrial Services - a fellow BCGA member company - has been appointed the new Chair of SC3. ISO/TC 58 and its subcommittees have published 97 separate standards to date and has strong global support with 28 participating countries and 42 observing countries. 

Many of the standards are incorporated into national and international transport regulations across the world, including the UK. Dr Hepples, who replaces Dr Chris Jubb following his retirement from the role, will hold the post of Chair for the next six years, with an option of a further three years.

He will be supported by Jake Lake, BCGA's Technical Manager, who is Secretary of the ISO/TC 58 committee. Recently both ISO/TC 58 and ISO/TC 58/SC 3 Plenary Meetings were held at the British Standards Institute (BSI), London, attracting representatives from around the world.

In support of the host, the BSI, BCGA organised an evening reception at the London Museum of Water & Steam. Doug Thornton, Chief Executive of the BCGA, said: "We are delighted to see the appointment of Dr Hepples as Chair of this key ISO committee and Mr Davies as Chair of one of its sub-committees. "The retiring Chair, Dr Jubb, has made a tremendous contribution over many years and the work of ISO TC58 is absolutely crucial to driving and maintaining safety and quality standards within the industrial gases sector and to its customers. "It is a fitting accolade to Dr Hepples that the globally recognised experts he will lead in this new role have entrusted him with the job and we wish him all success in furthering the work of ISO TC58.'

As active members of the BCGA, the appointments, which are both effective from 1 January 2017, align with the trade body's commitment to increase awareness of compressed gases, share industry best practice and drive forward stringent safety standards.

Members of BCGA operate in a highly-regulated industry and work together on technical, safety, health and environmental issues to achieve high standards of integrity and environmental care, both within their own and customers' working environments.

BCGA provides significant resources to the BSI, with members sitting on many of the National standards committees, which in turn contribute to the development of ISO standards. Through its membership of BSI, the BCGA participates at ISO and also contributes to the development of standards within Europe (CEN).

Mr Thornton added: "The compressed gases sector is the UK's ‘invisible industry,' with industrial, medical and food gases playing a critical role in many aspects of life, underpinning a safe, successful and healthy nation. "BCGA's mission is to ensure safety in their use, storage, transportation and handling, so actively promoting safety practice by participating in the preparation and revision of National, European and International Standards is a crucial role for us. www.bcga.co.uk

ENDS Note to Editors

The ‘invisible industry' underpinning a safe, successful and healthy nation - industrial and medical gases are essential to the existence and wellbeing of thousands of people in the UK every day. Industrial gases perform a wide-ranging role, supporting the manufacture of information technology, as well as key UK industrial sectors including steelmaking, refining, welding, chemical processing and electronics. They also help keep homes warm, water clean and food nutritious, appealing and affordable - while medical gases play a critical role in applications including respiratory care, pain therapies and anaesthesia.

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) is the UK membership body for this critical industry. With a commitment to stringent quality, safety and environmental measures, BCGA members employ 19,000 people directly and account for an annual turnover of £2.7 billion. Members of BCGA operate in a highly-regulated industry and work together on technical, safety, health and environmental issues to achieve high standards of integrity and environmental care, both within their own and customers' working environments.

BCGA promotes safety practice through its publications and also participates in the preparation and revision of National, European and International Standards.

www.bcga.co.uk

Press release issued by Jane Shepherd, Shepherd PR - jane@shepherd-pr.com

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