The BCGA Annual Conference 2018 is underway here in Leeds, UK with the official opening speech given by President-Elect, Tim Hulbert.

Held at the Oulton Hall, a beautiful 18th century mansion set in the countryside of West Yorkshire, the event sees the BCGA (British Compressed Gases Association) bringing professionals together from the gases industry, to be updated on the latest developments and current issues surrounding compressed gas safety.

As expressed by BCGA Chief Executive Doug Thornton, “the whole purpose of BCGA is to encourage safety in the handling, use, transportation and storage of industrial, medical and food gases, which we do, not only through the guidance documents we write and our website content, but also by proactively engaging with and hopefully influencing everyone involved with gases – including our regulatory authorities. BCGA is seen as the go to place for gases guidance and our ongoing success can be gauged by our ever-increasing member numbers – now 95 companies in total.”

“This conference will be my thirteenth as head of BCGA, through which we have achieved a continuum of ‘’best ever’’ feedback comments from our delegates – which leaves us with the challenge of doing even better again!”

“The annual conference is our showcase and we look forward to another interesting, informative and enjoyable event,” Thornton enthused.

Around 140 delegates are understood to have made the trip to Leeds for the event.

The day’s agenda will review the BCGA Technical Committees’ publications and achievements, along with other keynote speakers presenting on industry matters such as the viability of biomethane, the cryotherapy hype, and the growing use of hydrogen in the automotive sector.

Also, in the limelight will be:

  • Current enforcement activities and common prohibitions
  • Stack-emission monitoring
  • Brexit – possible opportunities and threats
  • Gas cylinders in the hospitality industry – misuse and abuse

Channel 4 primetime presenter of BAFTA-winning medical series ‘Embarrassing Bodies’. Dr. Pixie McKenna, will be taking to the BCGA stage as the days final keynote speaker, to share some of her most memorable stories with delegates.

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A full review of the day’s events will be published to the gasworld website later today and will also appear in the upcoming June issue of gasworld magazine.

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