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Gas cylinder safety update

National trade body the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has updated its information for the waste management industry, offering insight into the return procedure and safe handling of gas cylinders on-site.

Outlining the processes to establish legitimate ownership and to ensure that a cylinder is in a safe condition for processing and disposal, the advice has been produced to share best practice in easy-to-access information.

Doug Thornton, chief executive of the BCGA, said: “The majority of cylinders remain the property of the gas supply companies and are provided under a rental agreement with an expectation that cylinders are returned. But many end up at waste facilities, and they should determine who the legal owner is and, where appropriate, inform the owner of the whereabouts of the cylinder.

“Once ownership is established, those that do not belong to gas companies are assessed on-site, and made safe in a responsible way both in terms of safety to personnel and environmental safety so that disposal then take place.”

The revised leaflet, The Safe Handling of Gas Cylinders at Waste Facilities, is available for free from the publications area of the BCGA’s website. It was produced in partnership with the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Northern Ireland Environment Agency.  

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