Working with CO2 and Personal Safety Monitoring
Working around Carbon Dioxide (CO2) gas as a brewer or restaurant owner is a necessity in making and dispensing beer.
But the gas, given certain situations, can be hazardous to your health. And while the "situations" are well known some of the facts are often confusing.
Whether you are a brewer, employee, or friend of the industry understanding a few important details about carbon dioxide in brewing is critical.
The first important note is that CO2 is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Unless you have CO2 safety monitors installed, you may never know the gas is present and at extremely hazardous levels until its too late. Brewers often say that they can "smell CO2" but they are actually noting the biproducts of the brewing process carried off with the gas. The "sniff test" as some brewers call it is not only error prone but incredibly dangerous.
Many incident reviews, case studies, and research have repeatedly shown that the potential effects of carbon dioxide (CO2) on a brewer which can include the following:
- Inhalation - Inhaling high concentrations of CO2 can affect respiratory functions as CO2 displaces oxygen in the air. One may encounter nausea, vomiting, convulsions, fatigue, loss of consciousness, and even death. These symptoms can occur almost instantaneously upon contact with elevated levels of CO2 - no matter the oxygen concentration.
- Skin/Eye Contact - Direct contact with the human body is not recommended as CO2's temperature may cause irritation and damage. Wearing proper PPE including eye protection can dramatically reduce exposure.
Proper Steps to becoming "CO2 Safe"
It is always important to be aware of what effects Carbon Dioxide (CO2) can have on an individual's health. How can an employee ensure they are safe and their establishment protected?
As a brewer or industry worker, you occasionally can spend time cleaning, servicing, or performing maintenance inside fermenters, grain silos, mash tuns, kettles, draft coolers, and more.
When working in and around these areas it is important to follow specified safety protocols, always wear appropriate protective equipment, ensure CO2 safety monitors are in place, and educate those around you on the proper safety precautions.
While working in and around hazardous Carbon Dioxide (CO2) gases in the brewery, many industry leaders rely on Personal CO2 Safety Monitors to ensure safety and accurately monitor gas levels on the go.
The Personal 5% CO2 Safety Monitor and Data Logger is designed for employees who work in enclosed areas that can contain an excessive amount of carbon dioxide gas. Since many brewers who work around the hazardous gas daily have no means of gaining when CO2 levels have exceeded the normal threshold, the SAN-10 indicates and alerts employees to ensure protection.
The SAN-10 also features a unique "man-down" alarm which leverages accelerometer technology should an employee fall occur. Many brewers and restaurant owners stand by the personal CO2 safety monitor for its additional unique data logging capabilities to further gauge and understand their CO2 levels over time.
In providing industries such as breweries, beverage dispensing, draft technicians, and restaurants with unique, high-quality gas detection devices - CO2Meter stands by our commitment towards ensuring personal and establishment CO2 safety.
Whether you are in the restaurant, beverage, agriculture, or safety industries - our team is always available to provide further education for your team members and guide you through choosing the right CO2 solution for your application.
For more information on CO2 safety monitoring, visit our Brewery and Beverage application page or speak to an expert today: Sales@CO2Meter.com