Luckily for you, we have you covered.
This Personal CO2 Safety Guide will take you through a few steps to help educate you on Personal CO2 Monitoring in your industry and give you the ability to assist in educating your colleagues and employees about the topic.
Who needs a CO2 monitor, anyway?
The short answer is anyone who works near, in, and around CO2.
CO2 leaks can occur in many different places depending on the industry that you work in. For example, food and beverage industries usually find themselves working around CO2 in terms of the beverage dispensing areas - specifically the BIB racks. CO2 in restaurant and beverage industries is crucial in providing that "sensational fizz" we all know and love, but what we don't realize is the dangerous side.
CO2 exposure from leaks can occur at any time and often can lead to fatigue, headaches, irregular heartbeat, hypercapnia and even death.
Some may already be aware of the dangers of CO2 and have been approached by your local fire inspector and told to obtain a CO2 monitoring device due to regulation. But what about personal protection?
Let's get started.
If you have employees that spend any of their time in areas where CO2 is created or around possible leakage points they are the ones who need a personal safety monitor the most!
Benefits of personal safety monitors can include:
- Consistent CO2 Monitoring
- Vigorous Vibration Settings
- Audible and Visual Alarms
- Man-Down Alarm (should an employee fall occur, triggers an individual)
- Peace of Mind for all employees, and customers
Why personal devices?
Wall-mounted devices are essential for notifying everyone in a facility of the CO2 levels, however, these devices are fixed and can’t travel with you. Personal CO2 monitoring devices provide the user the freedom to work while wearing a mobile device.
Think of your facility and employees. Can you have a monitor covering ever possible leak point? Likely not. You and your staff need a mobile device that monitors for personal safety. The ease of having a gas detection monitor clipped to your belt or safety harness insures every employees personal safety.
Walking in draft coolers, fermentation and brite tanks, cellars, grain silos, mash tuns and even bars or pubs can contain different levels of exposure that you and your employees should be mindful of. Wearing your Personal CO2 Safety Devices means you are in the clear.
While having any of these devices is not a legal requirement, the repercussions of a leak, deadly or not, can costs massive sums of money in insurance costs, fines, or lost revenue due to a shut down. Even though there are no particular laws for personal safety, there are OSHA Confined Space Regulations that define what is and isn’t a hazardous environment and the requirements you need to meet prior to an inspection.
What are the benefits?
The good news is, buying personal safety monitors for your employees will protect against the loss of life. Not only are you saving yourself from any future incidences, you are improving the overall health and well being of your team. And furthermore, you are providing everyone a safe work environment.
Higher levels of CO2 can cause fatigue or confusion. Simple procedures in your workplace to ventilate when the CO2 levels are high is not enough. Why trust and employee to make a "guess" about when to ventilate. Allow the CO2 monitors to alert you to unsafe work conditions should a leak occur.
We live in a constantly "reviewed" world. Healthier, more productive employees are your most valuable asset as a business owner. Take steps today to keep those employee assets safe.
Where do I start?
Luckily, CO2Meter provides a variety of handheld devices that measure CO2, oxygen, and carbon monoxide with additional gases to come. Unique alarm features, rechargeable batteries, and their small, portable design have made the Personal Monitors extremely popular since their release.
The Personal 5% CO2 Safety Monitor (SAN-10) is one of the leading products in CO2 personal safety. This device includes an OSHA specified measurement range of 0 to 5% ppm and was designed in conjunction with brewers and growers.
We hope you enjoyed this personal safety guide and now are aware of the significant impact of CO2, the importance of Personal CO2 Safety Monitoring, and the steps you can now take to ensure safety in the workplace.