26 Oct Considering Dry Ice Cleaning Services? These Mistakes Could Be Unsafe
Dry ice blasting uses air compressed between 80 and 90 PSI to blast pellets of dry ice at a high velocity to clean a variety of surfaces, and it’s quickly becoming the sanitation method of choice for countless industries. And even though dry ice cleaning services are very safe, it does take some understanding of how it works to avoid making some common mistakes. Dry ice blasting does require some basic precautions to keep those in the area safe upon co2 exposure. Here are just a few mistakes to avoid during the dry ice blasting process.
Not Ensuring Adequate Ventilation
Dry ice is extremely cold (-109 degrees Fahrenheit) and when exposed to warmer temperatures, it instantly changes from a solid into a gas. However, you may not be aware that dry ice blasting requires the area to have proper ventilation. While it’s generally harmless, Carbon Dioxide is 40% heavier than the air we breathe and may change atmospheric conditions if dry ice blasting area is poorly ventilated. It’s best to consult a professional to learn about the best ways to keep the area ventilated. Otherwise, the atmospheric conditions could impede safety.
Not Storing Equipment Properly
Dry ice blasting equipment is relatively easy to use, but it’s important for it to be stored properly. The container should be well insulated and inaccessible to young children. Furthermore, the carbon dioxide should be stored in a separate container that’s not airtight. Storing carbon dioxide in a completely airtight container could cause it to explode as a result of pressure and expansion.
Not Wearing Safety Gear
The first patent regarding dry-ice technology was issued in 1947, but the process has evolved significantly since its inception. Now, dry ice blasting safety gear is incredibly helpful when it comes to avoiding direct contact with carbon dioxide. It also helps to prevent side effects that could result from atmospheric condition fluctuations. Make sure to wear dry ice blasting safety gear, regardless of your industry or the type of application.
Dry ice blasting is 100% ecologically safe, as long as the proper procedures are followed and these mistakes are avoided. For more information about dry ice cleaning services, contact Mammoth Dry Ice.