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CGA Highlights Upcoming Year

In a letter to CGA Members, President & CEO Rich Gottwald laid out the CGA’s plan for 2022:

Here’s hoping you have all enjoyed a safe and relaxing holiday.

We will return to our regular biweekly newsletter publishing schedule with a full issue of CGANEWS next Friday, January 14, 2022. In the meantime, we wanted to share with you here a few highlights of the coming year:

CGA’s Virtual, In-Person, and Hybrid Events Will Continue to Evolve in 2022
CGA staff have developed another full calendar of virtual, in-person, and hybrid events for this year. These events will again focus on advancing participants’ technical safety knowledge, while fostering cross-industry collaboration and networking. Stay tuned for more details, as we prepare to publish our online 2022 events calendar.

CGA Expands Our Leadership Role in Hydrogen Safety
After laying the foundation in the fourth quarter of 2021, we will continue expanding our hydrogen safety communications and outreach in 2022, to establish CGA as a leading authority on hydrogen safety issues, focusing in particular on engaging key audiences within the hydrogen mobility and fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) sector.

COVID-19 Industry Response Remains Strong
Throughout the past two years, we have worked together to address the shifting pressures created by the COVID-19 pandemic, including collaborating with you, our members, to support the continued availability of medical oxygen, representing the industry in discussions with government agencies in the U.S. and Canada, and working with members to understand and share best practices for protecting employees. These efforts will continue into 2022.

The Handbook Goes Digital
This year, we’ll also continue efforts to transition the CGA Handbook of Compressed Gases from a traditional textbook to an interactive online tool. Our committee members are actively working on text updates for the Handbook chapters and gas monographs to ensure technical accuracy and realign the content for digital consumption.

Our eLearning and Safety Poster Libraries Continue to Grow
In 2021, we developed 2 new training modules for our eLearning library:

·         TM-9, eLearning: Specialty Gases and Specialty Gas Mixtures

·         TM-10, eLearning: Devalving Compressed Gas Cylinders

Each of our training modules provides a helpful resource for employees who may need more coaching in how to safely handle and work with compressed gases. We will continue adding new titles to this library in the new year.

In 2021, we published new end user safety posters and related online information – including for those in the cannabis industry – on carbon dioxide; cylinders and equipment; flammable gas; and refrigerated and cryogenic liquid safety. We also published a new poster on precautions for liquid nitrogen use in cryogenic therapies.

In 2022, we will continue expanding this library of safety resources, along with our line of free industrial safety posters aimed at explaining basic safety concepts to anyone new to handling compressed gases and related equipment.

Sincerely,
Rich Gottwald
President & CEO
Compressed Gas Association

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