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 hazardous and requires certain precautions when working in and around this almost undetectable gas to ensure your staff and workplace are safe.
Let's talk CO2 Safety in the workplace!
1. Educate your staff and team members.
It is important to always remember as a leader to reinforce the importance of understanding that working in and around carbon dioxide could result in injury.
Being able to address worker safety issues and discuss which areas could hold potential CO2 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, overall operation and alarm procedures is critical.
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. Near BIB racks, carbonators, and walk-in draft coolers for restaurants, and near fermentation/brite tanks and walk-in draft coolers for brewer industries.
If you have employees that spend any amount of time near or around areas where carbon dioxide may be stored, produced or may collect a fixed wall mount device or personal safety monitor is a must!
3. Team involvement in CO2 safety seminars and workshops.
Being able to ensure safety of your 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 can provide 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 carbon dioxide 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.
CO2Meter offers an array of tools such as datasheets, manuals, un-boxing videos and employee procedure guidelines to ensure that your staff is up to date and is fully aware of the devices operation and what steps to take in the occasion of a CO2 leak.
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.
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.