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11th June 2018  Content supplied by: British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA)

New Safety Guidance for Use of Compressed Gases in Labs

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has produced the code of practice ‘CP47 The Safe Use of Individual Portable or Mobile Cylinder Gas Supply Equipment' to give a comprehensive overview of the major safety factors.

It features guidance on the safe use, examination, inspection and maintenance of individual gas supply equipment controlled by a single cylinder mounted regulator. Subjects covered include legislation and examination procedures, as well as an overview of the associated equipment, handling and storage. Preparation and emergency procedures are also detailed, together with a schedule of inspection and maintenance.

Doug Thornton, Chief Executive of the BCGA, said: "Much of the information in CP47 was previously covered in a guidance note from the BCGA, GN7, The Safe Use of Individual Portable or Mobile Cylinder Gas Supply Equipment.

"CP47 now supersedes this document and its format as a code of practice means the information has been expanded to cover a more comprehensive subject area, which reflects the importance of this significant subject area. It also signposts readers to a wealth of other resources to help them make safe, informed decisions. This code of practice is of value to any industry or process where single gas cylinders are in use, such as laboratories as well as industrial, scientific and academic environments."

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Date Published: 11th June 2018

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