Alternative fuels for vehicles
Globally there is a growing awareness of the environmental concerns around the use of traditional fuels. Gas powered vehicles with low, or zero, emissions from exhausts and a reduced carbon footprint are part of the future.
Find out more about using gases as vehicle fuels.
The use of gases for beer and other drinks is widespread in the UK. Beverage gases are essential for the efficiency of your beverage dispense system and the quality of the beverage being served. Using approved gas cylinders, with the right specification of gas, correctly connected into your dispense system increases customer satisfaction and helps to ensure the safety of your staff.
It is the UK Government's stated intent to leave the European Union (EU). It is possible that that legislation will change, whatever the type of deal or no-deal arrangement that is reached. BCGA has created this webpage to help identify changes to legislation that may have an impact on the gases industry.
Find out more about how Brexit may affect the gases industry.
Coronavirus is having a huge impact on the industry and BCGA members. In light of this, the BCGA has drafted guidance for members relating to Coronavirus, as well as talking to several government departments about the importance of the industry.
Cryogenic tanks are thermally insulated tanks designed to store cryogenic liquids. A variety of different types of tank are available, but all need to comply with regulations and design codes. The users, the owners and the gas suppliers have legal responsibilities and a duty of care to ensure the tanks are maintained, operated and filled safely.
Cylinders in fires
All closed containers, such as gas cylinders are at risk if exposed to the extreme heat of a fire. BCGA have worked closely with the Fire & Rescue Services and, together, have developed safe methods for managing cylinders involved in fires.
Cylinder Recovery and Disposal
Gas cylinders contain gases stored under pressure, this means they may have large amounts of stored energy, and they may contain gases which can impact on the environment. When no longer required cylinders should always be returned back to their owners. At the end of their life it is vital to ensure they are handled safely and responsibly.
Gas cylinders contain large amounts of stored energy. It is vital that they are made to appropriate standards and are then regularly maintained to ensure the safety of those who transport, fill and use them. It is mandatory for gas cylinders to undergo periodic inspection and testing. This has to be carried out by an Inspection Body.
The gas industry has few obvious environmental problems but as with all types of businesses has some effect on the environment, for example, through the natural resources it consumes to make and distribute the gases it sells.
The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) and its members have campaigned for some years to raise awareness about the danger of misusing industrial, food or medical gases.
Gases are used widely in a number of industry sectors and, handled correctly, provide an invaluable
resource. Gas suppliers within the BCGA take great care to advise customers on the safe and appropriate use of their products in order to ensure users are aware of the potential hazards.
Gas cylinder valves
Gas cylinder valves are critical components within a gas cylinder assembly and have to be designed, constructed, inspected, tested and approved against authorised standards.
Find out more about gas cylinder valves.
All persons working with gases, their containers and associated equipment should be trained to enable them to work safely without risk to health and safety of both themselves and others. HSE Guidance and industry Codes of Practice specify that employers shall provide training and information to all satff exposed to risk.
Medical Gases and their associated equipment are widely used for treating patients in hospitals, at home, and by the emergency services. BCGA member companies are licensed to manufacture and distribute the medical gases used within the UK and provide a range of associated equipment and services.
All persons installing pipework for industrial gases are required to be adequately trained and to have a thorough knowledge of the law relevant to the installation and subsequent use and maintenance of pressure systems.
Regulations and Standards
Gases are hazardous products and to ensure safety in their use, appropriate regulations and standards have been published. BCGA members are very active in developing standards, working closely with standards organizations such as BSI, and provide advice to various government departments on legislation.
Safety is the key priority for BCGA members. Within the BCGA it is fully accepted that the key to successful safety management is the management and assessment of risk.
Driving can be hazardous at the best of times, but the safe carriage of dangerous goods requires compliance with complex regulations, an absolute commitment to best practice and extra levels of driver training and skill. BCGA member companies co-operate with each other to ensure the safe carriage of the goods they carry and the safety of vehicle crews and the general public.
Welding, brazing and cutting are essential processes in manufacturing industry. All these processes depend crucially on industrial gases.
- Alternative Fuels for Vehicles
- Beverage Gases
- Cryogenic Tanks
- Cylinders in Fires
- Cylinder Recovery & Disposal
- Cylinder Testing
- Environment Matters
- Gas Abuse
- Gas Cylinder Valves
- Gas Training
- Medical Gases
- Regulations and Standards
- Risk Assessments
- Transport Matters
- Welding Matters