Posted on 29 January, 2016 in Safety

Beverage Gas Safety and Australian Standards

Beverage Gas Safety and Australian Standards

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is commonly used in many hospitality venues to carbonate tap beer and soft drinks. CO2 is often stored in non-ventilated areas, such as cool rooms and cellars, which can lead to a serious safety hazard if the system is to leak.

CO2 is odourless, colourless and unable to be detected by humans unaided. Inhalation of these gases can cause a person to be overcome without warning and suffocate in only a few minutes. So if a system is to leak leading build-up of gases in a confined space, like a cool room or cellar, it can cause serious harm and even death.

There is a simply solution to ensure your staff are safe, and that is to install a CO2 Monitor. The monitor is a small unit which is installed inside the cool room/ cellar to monitor the gas levels. A repeater is then installed on all access doors which will alarm in the event of a gas leak to alert people of the potential build-up of gas before entering the room.

Due to the risks associated with the use of gases like CO2, the installation of a CO2 monitor in all non-naturally ventilated areas is a mandatory requirement in order to comply with the Australian Beverage Gas Standard 5043

Other compulsory requirements include:

  • Bi-annual inspections and calibrations of all monitors to ensure correct operation.
  • Warning/emergency signage should be displayed at all entrances to cool rooms and cellars.
  • Employers should conduct regular staff training and awareness of the hazards.

If you require any further information or a quotation for installation and/or maintenance of a Co2 monitor, please call our friendly staff on 1300 112 187 and we will be delighted to assist in protecting your staff members and business.

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