Safety

Dry ice it can be hazardous if stored or used improperly. Find below a look at some of the dangers associated with dry ice and how to avoid them.

View Our Safety Booklet Here

Guidelines to Safety:

  • Never handle dry ice without the use of gloves.

  • Use in a ventilated location.

  • Always wear protective clothing and eye protection.

  • Children should be under the supervision of an adult at all times.

  • Ear, face and hand protection must be worn when ice blasting.

Recommended PPE for handling dry ice:

  • Thermal long armed gloves.

  • Safety glasses.

  • Long sleeved top.

  • Long trousers.

  • Safety boots.

HANDLING DRY ICE

The dangers associated with dry ice are due to its extremely cold temperature of -79°C and sublimation into carbon dioxide gas which upon human contact can burn the skin.

STORAGE

Dry ice can be stored in an insulated container bot not one that is airtight. Dry ice sublimates and during this process will transform from a solid into Co2 (carbon dioxide) gas, this will cause an airtight container t expand and potentially explode.

VENTILATION

Dry ice gives off Co2 gas this may cause an individual to experience difficulty breathing. You must leave the area immediately if you have trouble breathing. When in a vehicle or room, open the doors and windows before entering to provide suitable ventilation.