Virtual CO2 Summit: Dry ice safety in focus


Dry ice safety was a key focus this afternoon as part of gasworld’s virtual CO2 event, held at a time when demand is arguably higher than ever due Covid-19 vaccine storage and transportation needs.

“With dry ice we deal with several hazards, handling and asphyxiation are the two paramount ones, but also employee safety, and that’s probably the most difficult one,” Josh Pringle, Vice-President of Business Development at CO2 Meter told event attendees.

“The long-term storage of vaccines is critical and ultra-cold storage units are the best way to do it. However, what’s being identified is that most of the smaller medical facilities and local pharmacies are not equipped and do not have the ability, or its too prohibitive, to purchase the device.”

“As a result of that, they’re left with having to repack the dry ice to keep the vaccines at their ideal temperatures. The main issue here is that most of the staff are not trained or educated on the creation, use or the safe handling, or the safety infrastructure, needed to be able to repack these vaccines carefully and appropriately.”

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