BCGA collaborate with UK Steel on new safety guidance

Comprehensive safety guidance for the steel production industry has been produced by the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA).

BCGA has consulted with UK Steel, the trade body for the nation's steel industry, to produce Guidance Note 34 ‘The Safe Use of Gases In The Steel Industry.'

Offering advice on the use of externally supplied gases at steel production sites, the 23-page document includes information on safe and appropriate storage, handling, use and gas quality, as well as appropriate ancillary equipment.

GN34 joins the wide-range of respected documents available for free download from the publications area of the BCGA's website.

Doug Thornton, Chief Executive of BCGA, said: "There are many uses for gases in the steel industry, both in steelmaking and for downstream steel processors.

"Providing they are stored, handled and used responsibly, gases in these environments are a valuable resource and safe to use.

"GN34 gives the necessary guidance to ensure operators understand the hazards associated with specific gases.

"It sets out to them the necessary safety measures to properly control the risks to their staff and employees, and the wider public."

UK Steel invited BCGA to collaborate and produce the guide.

Gareth Stace, UK Steel Director, said, "BCGA's assistance in producing this guidance has been vital.

"The need for this document in the steel sector was identified by UK Steel members, and their collaboration with BCGA has produced valuable guidance for all those storing and handling gases in the steel industry."

The collaboration between both trade bodies is set to continue with UK Steel producing two guides in conjunction with BCGA; UK Steel Code of Practice Installation and Maintenance of Oxygen Pipework Systems, and a Guide to Operation and Maintenance of Oxygen Pipework Systems.

Mr Thornton added: "Like all our publications, GN34 has been produced in accordance with BCGA's commitment to mission safety in the compressed gases industry.
"Significant resources have been deployed to bring the publication together and we hope it is well-received across the industry.
"Working with UK Steel has ensured the content is completely relevant to steel producers and the associated sectors, and we look forward to supporting them in the production of their guides in the near future."


Press release issued by Jane Shepherd, Shepherd PR - 01335 368020

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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