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BCGA offers pressure equipment guidance under ‘mission safety’ focus

18 December 2017

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has issued revised guidance which details the in-service requirements of pressure equipment for gas storage and gas distribution systems. 

BCGA Code of Practice CP39 details the management process of in-service pressure equipment throughout its entire life cycle, in particular, to prevent a failure that may result in a hazardous release of stored energy – namely pressure.

Doug Thornton, chief executive of BCGA, said: “Pressure systems require regular examination and maintenance to ensure the continuing integrity of the equipment and the safety of personnel.  “CP39 is applicable for all new, re-used, existing and relocated pressure equipment. “It covers the principles and a risk based methodology for developing in-service requirements relating to Written Schemes of Examination and the examinations carried out in accordance with them, as well as maintenance requirements. “The document also includes reference to appropriate legislation and safe systems of work.

“The information featured is applicable from the point of first use, until the point in time that the pressure equipment is subject to final disposal.” CP39 can be downloaded for free at

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