Industrial gas safety organisation the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has released new guidelines for moving gas cylinders and bundles within the workplace.

The new Technical Information Sheet (TIS) 38 provides essential information on the different methods available to safely carry out the movement of gas cylinders and bundles.

In particular, the guidelines detail that manual handling of cylinders by rolling on the base, or ‘churning,’ is limited to distances of less than five metres for a single vessel only.

It also states that the use of ropes, chains or slings wrapped around the cylinder body, its valve or valve guard in order to lift them is prohibited in case of damage or detachment.

Regarding the suspension of cylinder bundles, the association highlighted that some bundles may have lifting fittings which are only designed to lift the empty frame or sub-assemblies, such as a manifold cover.

TIS 38 explains that the bundle needs to have integral lifting fittings that are permanently attached, for example pad-eyes or lifting eyes that are designed to take the full weight of the load during a lift, if it is suitable for suspension lifting.

Around 130 delegates are expected to make their way to the BCGA’s 2017 Annual Conference taking place in Manchester, UK, next week. The day’s agenda will review the BCGA Technical Committees’ publications and achievements, along with some of the factors driving growth in the industry, including cryogenics, specialty gases in Europe and compressed gas security. A full review of the event will be published in the upcoming May edition of gasworld magazine.