BCGA offers pressure equipment guidance under ‘mission safety’ focus

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has revised guidance which details the in-service requirements of pressure equipment for gas storage and gas distribution systems.

BCGA Code of Practice CP39 details the management process of in-service pressure equipment throughout its entire life cycle, in particular, to prevent a failure that may result in a hazardous release of stored energy, namely pressure.

Produced in accordance with BCGA's commitment to mission safety in the compressed gases industry, the guide is of interest to a wide-range of sectors where gases are used, including manufacturing, education and campus, automotive, food and drink, healthcare and facilities management, as well as transport and logistics.

Doug Thornton, Chief Executive of BCGA, said: "Pressure systems require regular examination and maintenance to ensure the continuing integrity of the equipment and the safety of personnel.

"CP39 is applicable for all new, re-used, existing and relocated pressure equipment.

"It covers the principles and a risk based methodology for developing in-service requirements relating to Written Schemes of Examination and the examinations carried out in accordance with them, as well as maintenance requirements.

"The document also includes reference to appropriate legislation and safe systems of work.

"The information featured is applicable from the point of first use, until the point in time that the pressure equipment is subject to final disposal."

CP39 can be downloaded for free at http://www.bcga.co.uk/assets/publications/CP39.pdf

BCGA brought together industry expertise from across its membership and other sources to produce the information, overseen by its technical sub-committee TSC1.

The document is one of a wide-range of respected publications and information available for free download from the BCGA's website.

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.

"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's mission is to ensure safety in the use, storage, transportation and handling of industrial, food and medical gases.

"Our respected publications are key to that and significant resources are deployed to bring each of our publications together."

As well as its publications, BCGA also actively promotes safety practice through its participation in the preparation and revision of National, European and International Standards.

www.bcga.co.uk

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Notes To Editors - About BCGA


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.

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11/2017

 

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