One of the most common enquiries received by the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) is made by architects looking to find out more about the storage of gas cylinders in buildings.
Each year the national trade body receives a variety of calls from the profession to its helpline service.
Now the trade body is urging architects to refer to its latest guidance on the subject following the launch of a new Code of Practice, CP44.
CP44, which provides advice and guidance for the safe storage of gas cylinders, has been updated and replaces the previous guide relevant to architects, GN 2.
The BCGA says that there are four main points architects should factor in when considering gas storage, namely external storage, the security of the site, ventilation and proximity to sources of ignition.
The code provides guidance in these areas and includes details of the construction and management of gas cylinder stores and information on the hazards likely to be encountered.
Doug Thornton, Chief Executive of the BCGA, said: “For architects, the situations where compressed gases are used are wide-ranging.
“Industrial and medical gases are essential to the existence and wellbeing of thousands of people in the UK every day and as a result of this widespread usage the requirements for their safe installation and use are an important consideration for architects.”
“Areas where they are used include healthcare centres and hospitals, where medical gases pay a critical role in applications including respiratory care, pain therapies and anaesthesia, and other areas such as laboratories and workshops.”
“Most architectural queries relating to their storage are answered in CP 44 and we’d urge architects to update their records and refer to this document, which can be downloaded for free from our website.”
Mr Thornton added:
“As the UK membership body for the compressed gases sector, BCGA operates in a highly-regulated industry.”
“Our members work together on technical, safety, health and environmental issues to achieve high standards of integrity and environmental care, both within their own and customers’ working environments.”
“This proactive and collaborative approach enables the BCGA to deliver relevant, accurate and interesting information on the use of industrial gases to the architectural profession such as this new code.”
To find out more about compressed gases in the UK and to view the necessary guidance please visit www.bcga.co.uk