Buoyant, upbeat and dynamic - the BCGA Conference 2011 is just getting underway in the UK.

A comprehensive agenda of presentations awaits the more than 130 delegates, as the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) once again discusses issues that are not just hot topics in the UK gases business, but also subjects of global significance.

Held in Manchester for the second successive year, before returning to Leeds’ Oulton Hall in 2012 & 2013, The BCGA Annual Conference is focusing on all aspects of safe working practices within the gas industry. The event builds on the strong success of last year’s conference.

Twelve months ago the UK and much of Europe was under the gaze of the infamous ‘ash cloud’ that so disrupted travel arrangements and supply chains, both personally and professionally.

Today however, the UK’s North West is basking in the glorious Spring sunshine and at the Worsley Park, Marriott Hotel and Country Club, the BCGA is shedding some light on the hot topics of the moment for the British gases industry - and beyond.

Topics include REACH and GHS Labelling, acetylene in fires and the significant progress made in this area, security and counter terrorism, gas cylinders and regulation, the global gas markets, the portrayal of gases, and much more.

gasworld understands that more than 130 full delegates are present at the event, in addition to upwards of 15 day delegates.Of those, the BCGA has also noted that it is ‘pleased’ with the attendance from overseas delegates.

Speaking just moments before the event began, BCGA Chief Executive Doug Thornton told gasworld, “The BCGA Annual Conference continues to go from strength to strength, as does the association itself. This year we have another buoyant, upbeat and dynamic conference set to unfold and we’re confident we can surpass the successes of the last few years.”

Thornton had earlier paid tribute to all those working hard behind the scenes, “I’m grateful to the committee which helps put BCGA Conferences together. We seem, in recent years, to have found the right balance of being informative and interesting alongside having some fun.”