5 Steps for CO2 Safety in Beverage Industries

OSHA Brewery Regulation Inspector at Brewery

Workers in the beverage and brewing industries continue to be at the highest risk of injury and potential fatalities in regards to CO2 exposure and CO2 leaks. Yet, Carbon Dioxide (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.

However, is there a downside to the 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. Today, we have decided to walk you through operational guidelines to ensure your operation complies with the state and local regulations, or codes, when dealing with gas detection, confined spaces, and overall leak detection.

Let's talk CO2 Safety in the workplace!

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 Carbon Dioxide Leak Detector

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 Wall Mount devicesPersonal Handhelds, 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.

See an example of an employee guideline sheet, here.

5. Stay on top of safety signage and procedure.

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 RDU and SEU.

CO2Meter offers this signage complimentary with purchase of any Fixed Wall Mounted device, and has a support team available to answer any questions you may have in regards to procedure and placement. 

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.

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.

For more information on choosing the proper safety device for your application or industry, Send us an inquiry today: Sales@CO2Meter.com or (877) 678 – 4259

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