The Chantilly, VA-based Compressed Gas Association (CGA) will celebrate its 100th anniversary next month with a number of highlights and activities taking place.

Since its inception on March 21, 1913, CGA has worked to promote industry self-regulation and to develop new standards in response to technical advances, with a whole range of achievements in developing technical and safety standards for the compressed gas industry.

These achievements will be celebrated at the members’ 100th Annual Meeting and Centennial Celebration 
from April 7 - 12, including the annual Safety Awards Banquet, 100th Anniversary Celebration Banquet, as well as keynote speakers and special entertainment.

Other anniversary highlights include the highly anticipated revision of CGA’s Handbook of Compressed Gases, which will include technical information for all gases handled by the compressed gas industry, a special 100th anniversary logo and branding (pictured), and a new book detailing the written history of the association.

‘Celebrating 100 Years as the Standard for Safety: The Compressed Gas Association, Inc., 1913-2013’, the book includes a history of the compressed gas industry and CGA, chronicling the evolution of standardization and self-regulation over the decades and featuring contemporary uses and innovations in compressed gas end-user markets.

100 years of safety

CGA was founded as a technical association in New York City on March 21, 1913 and initially was called the Compressed Gas Manufacturers Association. This association’s purpose was to organize the then existing 75 US compressed gas manufacturers to promote uniform, safe and reasonable regulations for transporting compressed gases.

The CGA has grown along with innovations in the use of compressed gases and now oversees 26 technical committees responsible for the development of safety information for all aspects of the industry in the US and Canada.

Today, CGA represents more than 125 member companies in the US and Canada involved in the production and delivery of industrial and medical gases. In addition to its work in North America, CGA also works with international organizations to harmonize and promote safety standards globally.

Michael Tiller CGA 2013

Source: CGA

“When the first member companies were organized to form CGA, they agreed that it was time to take steps to secure uniform, safe and reasonable regulations. I’m proud to say that over the century of CGA’s existence, our commitment to that goal has not changed and that we have been very successful,” said Michael Tiller, president and CEO of CGA (left).

“Today, we continue to advocate for industrial and medical gas safety with a variety of US and Canadian regulators. A recent success is introducing the Medical Gas Safety Act (2011) that is now incorporated into the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, which President Obama signed into law in July 2012. I believe we can attribute our achievements to a relentless focus on safety, and we look forward to celebrating that during our centennial.”