CP7 & CP47 Gas Equipment Safety Inspections

Book your safety check from just €62.50 + VAT

Close-up of a BS EN ISO 2503-compliant gas regulator

It is a legal requirement to ensure that gas equipment used in the workplace is in a safe condition, well maintained and inspected regularly where required. As an employer or person of responsibility, it is vital that you understand the obligations you have and how to comply with them.

A gas equipment inspection from BOC is an easy and cost-effective way to ensure the safety of your people and your premises, at €87.45 + VAT for a CP7 (oxy-fuel) check and €62.50 + VAT for a CP47 (single cylinder MIG/TIG) check (per equipment set).

Please note: these prices are for an inspection only and exclude VAT and replacement parts which are charged separately as required.

What does the inspection involve?

Our BTEC & BOC-trained and qualified inspectors will visit your premises and, in around 40mins (per set), will carry out rigorous checks on the condition of your gas equipment, including a visual and function check of your regulators, flashback arrestors, hoses and blowpipes, your working area and your storage facilities. Our inspectors carry a full range of replacement parts with them, should your equipment be found unsafe to use.

When finished, they’ll supply a Report of Thorough Examination, which provides written evidence that you are proactively following Health & Safety requirements and issue a certificate of inspection. They can also provide advice on the handling, storage and transport of your gas cylinders and equipment.

Watch our video to find out more about why a safety inspection is so important, and what our inspector will do when they visit your premises.

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  • Why should I have a CP7 or CP47 inspection?

    Put in simple terms, it is a legal requirement to ensure that equipment used in the workplace is in a safe condition and is inspected regularly where required. As an employer or person of responsibility, it is vital that you understand the obligations you have and how to comply with them. More detail on some of the legal requirements can be found in the answers detailed below.

  • What are the legal requirements?

    Our CP7/CP47 Inspections will ensure that you comply with:

    The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) Code of Practice 7 (CP7): The Safe Use of Oxy-fuel Gas Equipment (Individual Portable or Mobile Cylinder Supply) and Code of Practice 47 (CP47) The Safe Use of Individual Portable or Mobile Cylinder Gas Supply Equipment provide guidance on maintenance and recommend, for example, that regulators and flashback arrestors are checked annually, both visually and functionally, by a competent person and replaced every five years.

    The Health and Safety at Work Act 2005 states states that an employer or self-employed person has a responsibility to provide and maintain plant and systems of work that are, so far as reasonably practical, safe and without risk to health.

  • What will your inspector do, and what should I expect?

    Our inspector will report on your system using a Report of Thorough Examination, which provides written evidence that you are proactively following and carrying out Health & Safety requirements, and a certificate will be issued when the equipment is compliant. This evidence may also be required for insurance purposes. The rigorous checks carried out by our BTEC Award for BOC ICGEIT Qualified Inspectors, as part of our inspection process, include identification and reporting of: - 

    • Any internal malfunction of the equipment.
    • Faults detected which have been caused by using incorrect flow rates, which could result in damage to sensitive equipment.
    • The correct operation of any internal components.
    • Any situation which could result in a mix of gases in the cutting nozzle, torch or hose (which could potentially result in a back fire or flashback causing a fire in the cylinder).
    • The correct equipment fitting for the application or process being carried out, to ensure that efficient and therefore cost-effective use of gas is delivered.
    • Full leak testing is also carried out on each part as well as the whole system.

    In addition, the BTEC Award for BOC ICGEIT CP7 inspection process involves not only the testing of the individual parts of the set, but a light up and shut down procedure check, to ensure that all equipment is functioning correctly and safely. Upon completion, and to provide confirmation to our customers, copies of inspection sheets and certificates are supplied, and the equipment is tagged to confirm the safety check has been carried out and to give a reminder of the next inspection due date.

  • What will your inspector need from me?

    All that our inspector will require is access to your equipment and a safe environment to work within. A risk assessment will be conducted; however, we will need to be made aware of any local safety requirements for your premises. You will need to be available after the inspection to review the results, so that we can advise you of any recommendations.

  • What makes your inspectors different?

    Our inspectors undertake the most in-depth training in the industry. This incorporates 40 hours of training, and they are assessed and verified to Edexcel level 2 BTEC standard. This includes computer-based learning, classroom modules and in-depth practical work in our workshops. The final part of their training includes a supervised inspection at a customer’s premises. This makes our training unique and the best in the industry.

  • These inspections sound expensive?

    BOC offers safety inspections to our customers primarily as a safety service, and therefore our prices are competitive and extremely good value for money. The consequences of not having a system in place to ensure equipment is maintained in a safe condition and used safely can be very expensive and detrimental to any business.

  • I don’t use my equipment much - do I need a safety inspection?

    Yes, some components can become faulty even if not used and, in some cases, it might be more important to inspect equipment that is not used regularly. Equipment such as regulators and flashback arrestors are date stamped or coded and should not be used after the date shown.

  • What happens if my equipment fails the inspection or is unsafe to use?

    Don’t worry, in most cases our inspector will be able to resolve the issue on the day and give you a pass certificate. Our inspectors carry a full range of equipment with them, avoiding the need to revisit you to perform a second inspection.

  • I have some other questions about using, storing and transporting gas cylinders - can your inspector help?

    Yes, our inspectors are experienced and can help you with any local safety related issues you may have. If they are unable to answer your question on the day, they will advise you of the action that needs to be taken and will help you to resolve the issue as soon as possible.


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BCGA: CP7: The safe use of oxy-fuel gas equipment (individual portable or mobile cylinder supply)

BCGA: CP47: The safe use of individual portable or mobile cylinder gas supply equipment

10 safety tips to keep in mind when working with industrial gas cylinders (pdf)

Best practice advice for the safe transport of cylinders (pdf)

Advice on PTFE tape and oxygen cylinders (pdf)