From Bretherick's Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards, Volume 2, Seventh Edition



  1. The Safe Filling, Handling, Storage and Distribution of Gases in Transportable Containers, Code of Practice CP9, London, Brit. Comp. Gases Assoc., 1982

  2. Properties of Gases, Wall Chart 57012, Poole, BDH Chemicals Ltd., 3rd edn., 1981

  3. Braker, W. et al., Matheson Gas Data Book, E. Rutherford (NJ), Matheson Gas Products, 6th edn., 1981

  4. Guide to Safe Handling of Compressed Gases, Lyndhurst (NJ), Matheson, 1982

  5. Handbook of compressed gases, Compressed Gas Association Inc., New York, Van Nostrand-Reinhold, 2nd ed., 1981

The Code of Practice covers UK legislation, containers, identification and marking, valves, handling and storage, transportation, emergency procedures and personnel training. Data sheets for 114 gases are included [1]. An inexpensive wall chart summarises the important properties of 116 gases and volatile liquids [2]. The Gas Data Book gives comprehensive details of handling techniques and cylinder equipment necessary for 120 gases [3], and the newer guide covers the design of gas systems, premises, cylinder handling and storage, and air-monitoring techniques for a range of gases [4]. Another volume covers all aspects of handling gases in gas, liquid and solid states [5].


  1. Lubernau, J. O., Health Phys., 1986, 51(1), 147

  2. Lambert, P. G. et al., Chem. & Ind., 1987, 490 491

  3. Carson, P. J. et al., Loss Prev. Bull., 1992, (102), 15

  4. Lambert, P. G. et al., Chem. Eng. Progress, 1992, 88(10), 53

Several incidents of pressure build-up in sealed containers of solutions...

Products & Services
Pharmaceutical and Medical Gases
Pharmaceutical and medical gases are pure fluids which are used to synthesize, sterilize, or insulate processes or products which contribute to human health. They are also administered to patients as therapy.
Laboratory and Calibration Gases
Laboratory and calibration gases are specialized for use as laboratory standards, as well as for detection, sample preparation, environmental monitoring and analysis applications.
Gas Cabinets and Distribution Systems
Gas cabinets and distribution systems consist of vaporizers, gas cabinets, gas manifolds, mass flow controllers, valves, pressure sensors and associated interconnect tubing configured to deliver bulk and specialty gases to process equipment.
Food and Beverage Gases
Food and beverage gases meet stringent quality controls for their implementation as food ingredients or as a food contact substance.
Industrial Gases
Industrial gases are pure elements, molecular compounds or mixtures that are gaseous or vaporous at room temperature and pressure.

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