CGA leads the way in cylinder safety


Since our founding more than 100 years ago, the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) has been dedicated to promoting the safe handling and shipping of compressed gas cylinders.

In 1911, the US Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) proposed the first compressed gas regulations, which addressed specifications for the manufacture and testing of low pressure compressed gas cylinders. These proposed regulations prompted a small group of compressed gas manufacturers to work together to encourage government adoption of reasonable and uniform regulations. This early effort culminated in 1912 with the publication of the first ICC regulations regarding the transportation of compressed gases. Soon afterward, it became evident that a national association would be needed to promote uniform, safe, and reasonable regulations for the industry. In 1913, the Compressed Gas Manufacturers’ Association (CGMA) was formed – the precursor to the present day CGA. This marks an early example of industry experts communicating effectively with government regulators to advance the goal of safety for the industry and the public. That legacy continues to this day.

Throughout the following decades, there has been a close working relationship between government regulators and CGA. In 1975, with the passage of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, oversight of compressed gas cylinders was transferred to the US Department of Transportation (DOT).

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