CO2 safety in Bars, Restaurants and Stadiums
There are many things to think about when you own, or manage a bar or restaurant venue, from the experience you offer to customers through beverages and food, to the evacuation policy if the facility needs to quickly empty due to a fire or other threat.
If we’re being honest we know that gas detection will not at the top of your list, but it is extremely important, especially in states where new venues are not even allowed to even open their doors on instruction by the Fire Department without a method of monitoring CO2 levels and installing subsequent alarms.
Why is bulk liquid CO2 dangerous?
CO2 cannot be detected by human senses as it is odorless, colorless and tasteless, rendering it potentially life-threatening if left undetected by a CO2 sensor and alerted of a problem by a CO2 alarm.
It may be more cost effective to purchase CO2 in bulk for your establishment, or you may need to order this size anyway due to your soda and beer carbonation needs. The cost and labour savings of bulk liquid CO2 delivery systems are certainly positives, however you must install gas safety devices should a leak occur from such a system.
Just a small increase of 0.5% CO2 over an 8 hour period can start to cause headaches, dizziness and nausea to those exposed.
You will not only be protecting those who work and visit your establishment, but also if an incident does occur, you’ll be ensuring that the first responders are alerted to what the incident may be, allowing them to deal with the situation quickly and efficiently.
What to do if you think you have a CO2 leak?
If you do not have a CO2 monitor and you suspect CO2 leak due to staff or customers feeling unwell, passing out or becoming short of breath, you should;
- immediately vacate the premises
- call 911 and then your gas supplier
- Do not try and ventilate the area as you will be putting yourself at risk of becoming overcome by the gas as well.
- shutting the gas cylinder off
- ventilating the area, by opening a window if possible
- you should then always call your gas supplier.
CO2 gas detection systems can be set to alarm at 0.5% which is the recommended PEL (Permissible Exposure Limit) Time Weighted Average (TWA) over 8 hours adhering to workplace safety guidance. Although this is only a small increase in CO2, exposure over this period of time can start to cause headaches, dizziness and nausea. It will also be costly to the business as you’ll be losing valuable gas due to the leak.
CO2Monitoring recommend you install a fixed gas detection system, which includes a CO2 Sensor, Alarm and Central Unit for the most common set up of bars, restaurants and fast-food outlets, but you may need extra sensors if your facility has partitions where CO2 gas, which will drop towards the ground as its heavier than air, can gather in larger quantities, or the establishment is over 80m³.
A fixed gas detection solution is a cost effective way to ensure your staff, customers and business are safe from CO2 leaks. If you need some more advice please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org