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TIS 19 – Refurbishment of components*

*TIS 19 – Refurbishment of components used with compressed gases for welding, cutting and related processes. Revision 1: 2015.

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This updated technical information sheet is now available, setting out the BCGA policy for no longer supporting the refurbishment of components used with compressed gases for welding, cutting and related processes.

The document can be downloaded for free.

Revised guide to gases for the licensed industry

New information setting out industry best practice guidance on the storage of gas in confined spaces has been produced for the drinks dispense industry.
National trade body the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has updated its guidance note GN 9, ‘The Application Of The Confined Spaces Regulations To The Drinks Dispense Industry.’
GN9 has been produced to encourage bar owners and retailers to consider their responsibilities regarding the safe storage of dispense gases – providing them with a tool that will help to satisfy the regulatory requirements placed upon them.
The guide has been produced in consultation with the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the Brewing, Food & Beverage Industry Suppliers Association (BFBi) and can be downloaded for free from the BCGA website
Featuring a clearer definition of what classifies a cellar as a confined space, the revised GN9 document joins the 5thEdition of the BBPA’s ‘Practice for the Dispense of Beer by Pressure Systems in Licensed Premises,’ which also gives guidance on the subject. The BBPA also produces the document ‘Carbon Dioxide in Cellars.’
Doug Thornton, Chief Executive of BCGA, said: “Beverage gases and associated dispense equipment are often located in a cellar – which may be classified in law as a Confined Space.
“If this is the case, the Confined Spaces Regulations require operators of drinks dispense equipment to carry out a formal Risk Assessment of the risks to their employees arising from any possible release of the gas.

“These regulations require employers to carry out an adequate Risk Assessment and, where necessary, ensure appropriate control measures to protect those accessing or working in the area.

“Not all cellars are considered to be a confined space and this will be determined by the risk assessment. However, where the risk assessment identifies that a cellar is a confined space then GN 9 should be followed.
“The guidance note has been produced to support an easy-to-use assessment procedure which can be applied in a cellar, classifying risk as tolerable, medium, or high. It then gives any necessary actions resulting from the assessment.”

Cited as ‘the invisible industry,’ industrial gases perform a number of important tasks within the beverage dispense sector.

Carbon dioxide is an inherent component of beer and an intrinsic part of carbonated beverages.

The gas is also relied upon to operate cellar equipment, including the pushing out of products from containers such as a keg.

Mr Thornton added: “Good dispense gas is supplied as food grade gas, in a cylinder that is correctly labelled, tested and in good condition.

“It is essential for serving the product in the way that the drinks supplier intended.

“However, outlets are being targeted by seemingly attractive offers from non-reputable suppliers. These should be avoided at all costs as the impact on safety, as well as drink quality, are hugely significant.”


Safety Training for Speciality, Cryogenic Medical Gas

Gas-Con release – April 2015

Over the past 24 years Gas Safe Consultants have provided high quality professional safety training to a wide range of industrial, speciality, cryogenic and medical gas users.

Over that time they have built up a reputation for technical expertise, consultancy skills and innovation. Their associates provide highly interactive workshops in a relaxed style that allows delegates to not only learn but also to enjoy the experience.

In order to expand and extend their product offering, Gas Safe are now working in collaboration with ourselves at Gas-Con to bring together the very best in training and consultancy to our gas users.

Simon Fisher, our MD has extensive knowledge of the gases industry, in particular, on the licensing trade and is recognised as an industry expert on drinks dispense. Through our organisation Gas Safe are now able to offer cellar training, beer dispense training and Confined Spaces Risk Assessment for the licensed trade.

Both Gas Safe and Gas-Con are full members of the BCGA and all training and consultancy is in accordance with BGCA codes of practice.

Simon is also the Chairman of the BFBi’s Gas Suppliers and Installers Committee ensuring all training is in accordance with the very best practice in the industry.

For full details of training workshops or for further details of the range of services available please contact either Gas-Con or Gas Safe using the following links. or

Bristol gas tank attacker caught on CCTV

Bristol gas tank attacker caught on CCTV

Police are hunting a man caught on CCTV trying to carry out an attack on a gas tank in Bristol, which a business owner says could have caused a serious explosion.

The attack took place on a pressurized carbon dioxide cylinder at Bristol Pub Gas on an industrial estate in Ashton Vale.

BBC Interview Simon Fisher Gas Consultant

The BBC interview Gas Consultant Specialist Simon Fisher of GasCon Ltd and Bristol Beer Company Manager Lisa Curtis. The seriousness of the attack could have caused a major incident as explained by the interviewees.

Gas Consultant Simon Fisher


Updated Code of Practice 6

Updated Code of Practice 6
Code of Practice 6 – The safe distribution of acetylene in the pressure range 0 – 1.5 bar – Revision 3: 2015

Gives guidance on the safe distribution of acetylene at pressures between 0-1.5 bar. Both fixed and mobile systems are included, as are the statutory requirements.
We wish to advise you that the above publication is now available for viewing on the BCGA Website.

Guidance Note 27 – Guidance for the carriage of gas cylinders on vehicles. Revision 1: 2015.
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. Download your free copy of GN27.

Leaflet 13 – Medical oxygen in a vehicle. Revision 2: 2015
This leaflet highlights the key safety information for patients and drivers where medical oxygen cylinders or medical liquid oxygen equipment is used and / or transported for personal use in a vehicle. Download your free copy of L13.

Leaflet 1 – The carriage of small quantities of gas cylinders on vehicles. Revision 5: 2015
This leaflet highlights the basic legal and safety requirements for transporting small quantities of gas cylinders on a vehicle whilst at work and provides sound advice if transporting gas cylinders for personal use. Download your free copy of L1.

BCGA Annual Conference 2015
Don’t forget – it’s not too late to book your place at the BCGA Annual Conference taking place on Thursday 23 April 2015 at the Marriott Hotel and Country Club, Worsley Park, Manchester.

Our full programme of industry and keynote speakers is now available for viewing.

You can book your place by using our secure online booking system through the BCGA website.

Find out more about the BCGA Annual Conference and book your place.