Industry Standard Update 120: Liquid Gas UK Code of Practice 33 – Use of LPG Cylinders

Industry Standard Update 120 provides an overview of the recently published Industry Standard Liquid Gas UK Code of Practice 33 Use of LPG Cylinders.

Date issued: 05 October 2023

Recently Liquid Gas UK published the new Code of Practice 33 – Use of LPG Cylinders. This Code of Practice (CoP) amalgamates, replaces and supersedes various Codes of Practice that had been published previously and which are now withdrawn.

The standard comes into effect immediately. To allow registered businesses time to carry out internal update training to reflect the technical requirement of the updated standard, Gas Safe Register will inspect to the revised standard by 1 April 2024. This should not restrict businesses from applying the specifications sooner.

The standard has been amended to update terms, references to legislation and other standards. It defines the requirements for the use and storage of LPG cylinders. It was recognised that there was significant duplication of information across some Codes of Practice regarding the use and storage of LPG cylinders, and so it was agreed to consolidate a number of these to form one new document.

This new Code of Practice replaces the following Liquid Gas UK CoPs:

  • CoP 24 part 1:2006 – Use of LPG Cylinders at Residential and Similar Premises
  • CoP 24 part 5:2000 – The Storage and Use of LPG on Construction Sites
  • CoP 24 part 6:2000 – Use of Propane in Cylinders at Commercial and Industrial premises.

It also incorporates the relevant parts of the following Liquid Gas UK Consumer Guidance Sheets (CGS):

  • CGS 3 – Use of LPG cylinders indoors
  • CGS 5 – LPG hose and tubing for use with vapour offtake cylinders
  • CGS 17 – Use of clips to secure vapour phase LPG hose and tubing to BSEN 16436- 1 (Classes 1,2 and 3) to end fittings
  • CGS 26 – Guidance for operators of public LPG refuelling facilities on the filling of freestanding LPG cylinders
  • CGS 28 – Safe use of LPG propane and butane cylinders and cartridges
  • CGS 37 – Guidance for private ownership and filling of freestanding LPG cylinders
  • CGS 39 – Regulators – Safe use.

Note: Only the cylinder part of CGS 28 has been amalgamated into this Code of Practice.

The information contained in the new Code of Practice was previously contained in the standards that it has replaced. Registered businesses should be aware that they have a responsibility to ensure that they are fully apprised of all the requirements of the whole published standard and its practical application.