Guidance Notes (GN)
Guidance for the storage of gas cylinders in the workplace.
This document is obsolete and has been replaced by Code of Practice 44, The storage of gas cylinders.
You can download a copy of Code of Practice 44 (CP 44) from our Publications section under Codes of Practice
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.
Avoidance and detection of internal corrosion of gas cylinders. Revision 3: 2021
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.
The safe use of individual portable or mobile cylinder gas supply equipment.
This document is obsolete and has been replaced by Code of Practice 47, The safe use of individual portable or mobile cylinder gas supply equipment.
You can download a copy of CP 47 from our Publications Section, under Codes of Practice.
Catalogue of gas container marks used by BCGA members and their inspection bodies. Revision 6: 2018
This document provides a list of the recognised gas container test marks used by BCGA members and their inspection bodies during an inspection and test.
The application of the confined spaces regulations to beverage dispense. Revision 3: 2020
All gases, unless they contain sufficient oxygen, can kill by asphyxiation. Enriched carbon dioxide atmospheres can be intoxicating. The risk from these hazards is increased in any location where there is inadequate ventilation, such as an enclosed or confined space. The Confined Spaces Regulations require that a suitable and sufficient risk assessment is carried out and appropriate controls are put in place, through a safe system of work, to protect those who are required to access a confined space.
The management of risk when using gases in enclosed workplaces. Revision 4: 2018
Provides guidance that can be used in the assessment of risk associated with gases in enclosed workplaces, to help identify where hazardous atmospheres may occur and to advise on control measures that may be appropriate.
DSEAR risk assessment guidance for compressed gases. Revision 1: 2021
Provides guidance on the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) which require all sites, where there are gas containers, to undertake a risk assessment and, where necessary, to implement appropriate controls.
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.
BCGA policy and guidance for the safe filling of third-party owned and/or maintained tanks.
This document is obsolete and has been replaced by Code of Practice 48, The safe filling of third-party owned and/or maintained tanks.
You can download a copy of CP 48 from our Publications Section, under Codes of Practice.
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.
Guidance for BCGA training providers. Revision 2: 2019
This document provides guidance to Training Providers who are members or associate members of the BCGA on the provision of training services related to the safe use of gases and associated equipment.
Environmental guidelines for air separation plant and equipment on sites regulated under IPPC. Revision 2: 2016
This document provides guidance for BCGA members to assist their customers with compliance on the EC Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control. The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations and the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations implement the Directive in the UK.
Gas safety. Information, Instruction and Training. Revision 1: 2018
Provides information on the topics which should be covered when considering gas safety training in the workplace. It is primarily for management and supervisors of personnel who either store, handle, use or transport gas cylinders and cryogenic gases.
The distribution, handling and cleaning of gas containers used in a biosecurity environment. Revision 1: 2019
This document covers the supply and collection of gas containers, from gas cylinders to bulk tankers, to sites under the control of UK Government Authorities when they are involved in a biosecurity incident.
This document is for BCGA members only. This can accessed through the members area in member publications
Guidance on assessing the competency of personnel undertaking periodic inspection and testing of gas cylinders. Revision 1: 2021
Provides guidance on assessing the competency of personnel who are required to undertake periodic inspection and testing of gas cylinders. It explains the regulatory background and then provides extensive information on conducting an appropriate assessment.
Medical gases. Selection and maintenance of seals used on high pressure cylinders. Revision 1: 2019
Provides information on best practice for users of medical gas cylinders when they are connecting approved medical equipment to gas cylinders. It provides advice on non-pressure regulated cylinder valves, the selection of a suitable seal and the correct procedure for the preparation of connections prior to fitting them to a cylinder.
Guidance for the carriage of gas cylinders on vehicles. Revision 2: 2017
Provides guidance on safely transporting gas cylinders in order to comply with ADR and provides a method for calculating the threshold quantity for any gas cylinders being carried.
Guidance for packaging waste within the industrial gases industry. Revision 1: 2015
The UK has implemented the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations and the Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations (as amended). This Guidance Note provides advice on the obligations necessary when procuring refillable steel gas cylinders for companies to comply with these Regulations.
Medical gases. The management of medical oxygen in domiciliary use.
This document covers the supply of medical oxygen for domiciliary use, supplied to patients in their home, care home or other domiciliary facility. It includes advice to patients and carers, as well as healthcare professionals, on the initial actions to take should an incident occur with medical oxygen.
The safe use of gases in the beverage dispense industry. Revision 1 2017
Provides guidance to those who need to handle, use and store beverage gases. Addresses safety and operational issues associated with beverage gases, their use in cellars and beverage dispense pressure systems. The document covers cylinder identification, handling, use, corrosion prevention and product quality.
Medical gases. The use of valves incorporating residual pressure devices.
This document provides guidelines for the selection, installation and use of valves which incorporate a residual pressure device in medical gas cylinders, such that common practices are established across the gas industry. It is intended for those who are involved in the specification of cylinder valves and cylinder operations, as well as providing information to those using these valves.
Medical gases. Good distribution practice. Revision 1 2017
Medical products require effective management control during their distribution to ensure quality and integrity are maintained.
This document provides guidance on good distribution practice as required by the medical regulators
The safe use of gases in the steel industry. 2018
A document, developed with UK Steel, which provides guidance on the use of externally supplied gases at steel production sites. Includes advice on design, storage, handling, maintenance, use and gas quality.
Vehicle selection and transport management. 2017
Provides advice on vehicle selection, the recruitment, training and assessment of transport personnel and the relevant elements of a transport management system associated with Class 2 dangerous goods.
Guidance for the use, inspection and transport of cylinders with various design codes. 2017
Provides guidance on the range of gas cylinders which may be encountered in the UK and the associated regulations that control their use.
Readers are advised to check the information in GN36 against current legislation. Changes brought about following Brexit will be incorporated in due course.
Medical Gases. Data integrity. 2017
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.
Medical Gases. Responsible Person. 2020
Sets out the duties, roles and responsibilities of a Responsible Person within an organisation that distributes medicinal gases.
Medical Gases. Quality management systems. Corrective and preventative actions. 2019
Any company manufacturing or distributing medical gases has to operate a quality management system. This document provides information on possible corrective and preventative actions.
Separation distances in the gases industry. 2020
Clarifies BCGA's meaning of, and recommendations for, separation distances. This edition has collected many separation distances used in BCGA publications into a single document. Future revisions of this Guidance Note will review, further develop and consolidate the separation distances.