The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has published a revision to its Leaflet 12 (L12 document), covering guidance for liquid gas storage tanks.

The document highlights the legal duties and responsibilities for owners and users of liquid gas storage tanks.

Widely used in environments including manufacturing, the food industry, healthcare and laboratories, liquid gas storage tanks typically contain liquid nitrogen, oxygen, argon or carbon dioxide.

In-keeping with stringent health and safety requirements for their use, there is both a legal duty and a responsibility to ensure the equipment is installed, maintained and operated correctly.

Doug Thornton, Chief Executive of the BCGA, said, “Leaflet 12 has been developed as a simple guide to give an overview of the requirements needed to ensure liquid gas storage tanks comply with appropriate legislation and good practices.”

“Failure to comply with these minimum requirements may mean users are operating unsafely, illegally and may not even be covered by their insurance. Furthermore, gas suppliers may not fill the tank.”

The newly updated L12 document, which is also relevant to the storage of cryogenic liquids and gases – both compressed and reduced temperature systems, can be downloaded free of charge from the publications area of the association’s website.

The leaflet further includes details of the actions needed before first fill and subsequent filling, as well as guidance on routine checks, maintenance and inspection.