That figure of $5000 seems rather odd, unless it is a refernce to a standard penalty they seek for copyright infringement.
I just looked at TechStreet (www.techstreet.com), a source I often use for acquiring current standards, or at least finding out what is the most current version of a standard.
They are listing CGA P-1 for $147 in printed form or $108 in secure PDF form. CGA P-9 is being sold at $56 for a secure PDF, $73 in paper, and $85 for paper and PDF together.
Admittedly, $73, or even $56, for a 21 page document (as CGA P-1 is) may seem steep, but as standards go it is not all that bad, and it is certainly nothing near $5000.
And the question was about standards, not the other good stuff that CGA might have.
Peter Zavon, CIH
Unfortunately the CGA also aggressively gaurds the copyright on their publications. The cost for distributing a copy without CGA's permission is $5000. The CGA has a lot of really good publications, but does not make them readily available to nonmembers.
I am wondering whether other academic Chemical Hygiene Officers/EHS employees/etc purchase CGA publications other than the "Safe Handling of Compressed Gases in Containers" (P-1), which is cited in the OSHA Compressed Gas standard.
In particular, publications which (on the surface) appear they might be applicable to labs are "P-9: The Inert Gases Nitrogen, Helium, Argon", and "P-12: Safe Handling of Cryogenic Liquids" or "P-30: Portable Liquid Nitrogen Containers"
Like numerous standards that come from 'non-governmental consortia' these are expensive; unlike NFPA and some others, it doesn't appear there is 'read only' access on the web. I hesitate to purchase them due to cost, but if others have found them helpful, I'll bite the bullet..
Many thanks for your comments!
Margaret A. Rakas, Ph.D.
Manager, Inventory & Regulatory Affairs
Clark Science Center
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