2022 03 09

EIGA Summer Session - in person !

After two virtual editions, we are excited to invite you to the EIGA Summer Session in València, Spain.

See here for all info. Please register and book as soon as possible, as València is expected to be popular, early June.

We are really looking forward to meeting you in person.

We trust you are by now familiar with the new website, and using the enhanced search functions to find just the publications that you need. Visitors may have noticed a new section "key topics" in the top menu. The name "key topics" gives it away ; key topics will be introduced here. Hydrogen is the first key topic to be published. Have a look here.

For members only : click on "members area" (or register here) to discover ;

  • a new "Blog" section that keeps you up to date with the latest internal information or planned actions, and

  • the practical "WG-info" section that centralises all the practical information Working Group members may ever require.

Accident statistics

For the first time in a few years, the technical gases sector experienced more than one fatality during 2021 among contractors in activities other than from road transport.

Also the number of fatalities in road transport activities is higher than previous years. Road transport continues to be the activity by which the gas industry and others alike are most at risk of serious injury or fatality. Activities at customer premises, where the level of control and knowledge of the risks can be lower than in our premises, are and will be another important focus point for a future period.

As seen in the graph, a slight increase of incidents can be observed in the last 4 quarters , leading to a value of 1.6 incidents per million worked hours (employees) against a consolidated value of 1.5 in 2020. A similar increase can be seen in statistics of contractors (2.7 versus 2.4 in 2020).

EIGA Councils


Doc 62/22 – Methods to Avoid and Detect Internal Gas Cylinder Corrosion of Gas Cylinders and Tubes

(Harmonised publication - revision of Doc 62/14) This publication provides guidance to help prevent and detect internal corrosion of compressed gas cylinders and tubes.

Doc 138/22 – PTFE Used as a Sealant for Cylinder/Valve Connections

(revision of Doc 138/15) This EIGA publication describes the use of such tape whilst outlining other potential sealant materials. This publication covers the gas-tight sealing of conical threads used on gas cylinders and cylinder valves through the use of PTFE and gives practical guidance on how to achieve a gas tight connection on the cylinder valve/gas cylinder interface.

Doc 240/22 – Commodity Specification Acetylene

Companies supplying acetylene will often have more than one grade or purity of acetylene. This publication provides specification requirements for gaseous acetylene. The user of the acetylene needs to decide what grade, purity or impurities are appropriate to their need. This publication does not attempt to recommend or establish end usage designations for specific types or grades of products. It is suggested that users requiring this kind of information contact individual acetylene gas suppliers.

Doc 901/22 – Working Group Expert Guide

(EIGA Members' area, Revision of Doc 901/21) This publication provides guidance for the EIGA Working Groups, on the structure and organisation of EIGA and its Working Groups.

Doc 908/22 – 300 Bar Residual Pressure Valve Filling Connectors

(EIGA Members' area, revision of Doc 908/15) This publication details the recommendations for an EIGA standardized filling connector for residual pressure valves intended for a working pressure greater than 250 bar and up to and including 300 bar working pressure based on ISO 5145 (NEVOC) valve outlet connections.



EIGA is receiving several queries from different European bodies concerning the industrial and medical gases situation in the Ukraine. For the time being, our sector response is the following :

EIGA’s members have supply chain problems for several Industrial Gases (IG) and medical gases into the Ukraine.

In addition, the Ukraine local IG manufacturing plants incur production problems. EIGA’s members are actively following the Ukraine local situation, which is ever changing and perform their outmost best to secure their employees and families, taking care of equipment and supply products as long as they are able to do so safely. Hence equipment damage is not the reason for production interruption, but personnel safety.

While medical oxygen supply comes first to mind, also noble gases should be considered. The production of the latter are concentrated in Ukraine, in particular around Odessa and Mariupol. They have specialised in the refining and separation of these mixtures into pure products, especially as regards neon (~25% global market share).

Neon is used in precision surgery, xenon is used as an anaesthetic and helium is used to cool magnetic resonance imaging equipment (MRIs) in hospitals and radiology practices,

In several EU countries, our members daily receive requests for humanitarian support and supply and indeed each is doing whatever practically possible to help the Ukraine. e.g. many cylinders have been shipped to the affected areas.


Doc 901/22 – Working Group Expert Guide

(EIGA Members' area, Revision of Doc 901/21) This publication provides guidance for the EIGA Working Groups, on the structure and organisation of EIGA and its Working Groups.


Doc 102.04/22 - Safety Audit / Assessment Tool – Cryogenic Bulk Storage at Production Sites

(Revision of Doc 102/08 Appendix C3) The former Appendix 3 of Doc 102 – Safety Audit / Assessment Tool for Cryogenic Bulk Storage at Production Sites – has been reviewed and published as Doc 102.04. All annexes of Doc 102 are listed in Doc 102.01.

Doc 102.05/22 - Safety Audit / Assessment Tool – Industrial Gas and Liquid Plant

(Revision of Doc 102/08 Appendix C4) The former Appendix 4 of Doc 102 – Safety Audit / Assessment Tool for Industrial Gas and Liquid Plant – has been reviewed and published as Doc 102.05. All annexes of Doc 102 are listed in Doc 102.01.

Doc 901/22 – Working Group Expert Guide

(EIGA Members' area, Revision of Doc 901/21) This publication provides guidance for the EIGA Working Groups, on the structure and organisation of EIGA and its Working Groups.

Doc 922/22 – Site Security

(revision of Doc 922/12) This (members-only) publication provides guidance to the industrial, food and medical gas industry on best practices for assessing security risks on a dedicated site using a simple assessment form. The completion of the Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) should allow operators to identify new preventative security measures or to reinforce existing controls.

SI 17/22 – Prevention of Accidents due to Overheated or Burning Tyres

(Revision of SI 17/17) Transport vehicle tyre fires mainly occur when travelling on highways, but can also break out when parked after travelling. The industry continues to experience these incidents. This Safety Information sheet identifies potential causes of tyre fires. It provides guidance on what to do in the event of an overheating or burning tyre and on prevention;

SI 31/22 – Air Supply Systems for Breathing Apparatus

(Revision of SI 31/13) Air supplied breathing apparatus are a form of Respiratory Protective Equipment used in various hazardous atmosphere environments. If used correctly, they can be relied on to protect personnel from both acute and chronic effects. This Safety Information contain recommendations for safe use of air supplied breathing apparatus.

SI 43/22 – Unsafe Access and Falls from Height whilst Storing and Manipulating Cylinders

An incident which occurred when an employee used unsafe access methods to a pallet once again highlights the dangers of working at height, even when at fairly low levels above ground. See here for the Safety Information SI043.