Workers in the beverage and brewing industries continue to be at the highest risk of injury and potential fatalities in regards to carbon dioxide (CO2) exposure and CO2 leaks. Yet, CO2 continues to serve a vital role in beverage applications.
CO2 is used in a variety of industrial and commercial beverage facilities because the gas provides the sensational "fizz" behind so many dispensed beverages like soda and beer.
There is a downside to that exceptional fizz?
CO2 is a hazardous gas and requires certain precautions when working in and around its undetectable presence.
We understand the concerns about keeping the workplace safe for not only your employees, but for customers and personnel. Below we've listed 6 operational guidelines to ensure your operation complies with the state and local regulations and codes when dealing with gas detection, confined spaces, and overall leak detection.
1. Educate your staff and team members.
It is important to always remember as an industry leader to reinforce the importance that working in and around carbon dioxide could result in serious injury or fatality.
Being able to address worker safety issues and discuss which areas could hold potential Carbon Dioxide leak points, would not only reduce the rate of incidents but improve overall employee awareness.
Education and training are the most important aspect of employee safety.
Having monitors and alarms are critical but training employees about the devices, and alarm procedures is also vital. Carbon dioxide gas is heavier than air, and paying attention to the level of co2 in your work space, could save lives.
2. Invest in proper CO2 Safety devices.
Make it a point to provide peace of mind to your employees by ensuring you have proper safety monitoring devices in place to detect potential CO2 incidents and furthermore, provide protection for your workplace.
CO2 leaks can occur in many different places but certain locations stand out. For restaurants it is near BIB racks, carbonators, beverage dispensing and walk-in draft coolers. For Brewery or Beverage Industries it is near fermentation, brite tanks, and walk-in draft coolers.
Without the proper fixed and wall mounted indoor safety monitors, personal handheld monitors or CO2 leak detectors in place, employees could experience fatigue, headaches, irregular heartbeat, hypercapnia or even death.
If you have employees that spend any amount of time near or around areas where CO2 may be stored or produced, a fixed wall mount device or personal safety monitor is a must!
3. Team involvement in CO2 safety seminars/workshops.
Ensuring safety in the workplace is important, however knowing that there are tools available such as Brewer Association - Podcasts for CO2 Exposure, or MBAA CO2 Safety Toolbox could act as a valuable resource and provides key insight from brewery and beverage leaders.
Building a sense of community and trust within the team is a great start to making it easier for the workplace to be open and communicative in terms of understanding CO2 topics in the workplace.
4. Be consistent in workplace housekeeping.
Take the time to have one employee learn the intricacies of the devices you purchased and then train the other employees.
We offer educational materials such as datasheets, manuals, videos and employee guidelines to ensure that your staff is up to date and is fully aware of what steps to take should a CO2 leak every occur.
5. Stay on top of safety signage
When it comes to safety, you don't get any second chances.
Knowing the risks that can be involved in your industry and being aware of proper safety signage and procedures is important.
Your employees should note that when installing a Remote CO2 Storage Safety 3 Alarm or Fixed Wall Mounted Device that CO2 Safety signage is required to be displayed near the gas sensor and remote display.
CO2Meter offers this signage complimentary with purchase of any fixed or wall mounted devices and has a support team available to answer any question you may have in regards to procedure and placement.
6. Use CO2Meter.com Safety Resources
Understanding these simple steps to ensure CO2 safety is the first fundamental step in moving towards a safer and secure environment for your staff and your workplace. Ensure employees are aware of CO2Meter.com resources, case studies, and updated articles around CO2 Safety to provide updated industry insight on overall regulations, codes, and standards.
By urging employees to educate themselves on proper steps to promote CO2 safety and CO2 monitoring, we can ensure a safe and secure environment, one industry at a time.