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Česká asociace technických plynů

ČATP introduction

What is ČATP

Companies in the Czech Republic which produce and / or fill and distribute industrial gases and companies that manufacture equipment for their production and distribution, founded the Czech Association of Industrial Gases (ČATP), which takes the form of an interest group of legal persons. ČATP is a specialized group of the Association of Chemical Industry of the Czech Republic (SCHP ČR) and a member of the European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA).

The activities of the Association are:

  • support for work safety and environmental protection in the production, processing, storage, transport, use and disposal of industrial gases,
  • cooperation in the committees that prepare the laws, regulations, standards and other directives in the field of safety and environmental protection,
  • advice on work safety and protection of the environment.

ČATP ensures the fulfillment of the scope of its activities through:

  • counseling,
  • support of safety and technical education,
  • the exchange of information on relevant safety incidents and their analysis,
  • the exchange of information on safety relevant results and their analysis,
  • the development of standards, guidelines and recommendations.

Individual tasks are fulfilled by working committees in charge of technical standards, technical safety and environmental tasks, or tasks from different work areas. The working committees are composed of representatives from each member of ČATP. Committee members are specially appointed by experts working in the field or in international work oups. External experts may be appointed as members of the working committee after approval by the Board of ČATP. The Association may publish all decisions made ?by the working committees as official or internal documents.

What are industrial gases?

Industrial gases are primarily gas obtained by distillation of liquid air - oxygen, nitrogen, argon – further, gases obtained by chemical processes - acetylene, hydrogen, carbon dioxide. Mixtures thereof are also included in the field of industrial gases, as well as rare and particularly pure gases. A separate group consists of medical gases (such as oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and any mixtures thereof). Industrial gases find their use in all sectors of the economy - from production to processing of metals, the chemical industry, from food technology to the construction industry - but also in the fields of medicine, research and development. They are also indispensable for the protection of the environment.

Industrial gases solve various tasks

Oxygen accelerates the oxidation processes, thus increasing capacity, such as during the biological treatment of waste water, but also in the blast furnace and while cutting metals. At the same time, if it is used instead of air in different chemical processes, it reduces the amount of nitrogen oxide emissions into the atmosphere. Inert gases such as nitrogen or argon protect against adverse reactions such as during chemical processes, or in food packaging and welding in a controlled atmosphere. Cold liquefied gases strengthen the foundations of buildings, allow for grinding of thermoplastics and superconductivity. Calibration gases with well-defined proportions of one or more gases are used for measurement as reference materials, such as during the measurement of emissions and air pollutants, in medicine and so on. From manual to industrial production, as well as application in high-tech fields, industrial gases are an increasingly important factor in ecological and economic work processes.

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