Dry ice blasting is an effective type of cleaning for many people’s businesses. The downside is that it can be dangerous if you don’t have experience using this cleaning method. That’s why we want to cover a few safety tips with you so that you don’t cause any injuries to people during the cleaning process. Here’s what you need to do in order to stay safe during dry ice blasting.
Inspect Your Blasting Equipment
Your equipment needs to be inspected both before and after dry ice blasting has been completed. You should never try to operate damaged equipment because there’s a higher chance that the equipment won’t work as intended when damaged. You also need to check the unit pressure and make sure it’s optimal.
Wear the Necessary Protective Gear
The temperature of dry ice is roughly one-hundred degrees (Fahrenheit) below zero. These extremely cold temperatures can be highly damaging to humans, so you need to wear the right protective equipment if you plan to use this procedure to clean your property. While coming into contact with dry ice for a mere instant shouldn’t be damaging, even doing so much as holding it will make your skin freeze, so avoiding contact with dry ice is of utmost importance.
Only Perform Dry Ice Blasting in Well-Ventilated Places
CO2 is what’s used during dry ice blasting, and it’s important to have enough ventilation so that the CO2 levels in your building don’t get too high. When there’s too much CO2 in your building, it becomes dangerous to inhabit that space as it becomes difficult to breathe. If dry ice is ever kept in an unventilated place for over ten minutes, you should allow the space to air out before you enter the premises.
Store Dry Ice in a Well-Insulated Container
If you ever have to store dry ice, keep it inside of a properly-insulated container. This will reduce the rate at which your dry ice sublimates. Avoid putting dry ice in any type of airtight container, though, because you need to have sufficient ventilation for CO2 to get out. Without any ventilation in your container, there’s a chance that the container could expand, or even possibly explode if enough time is allowed to pass.
Choose AEG Environmental for Your Dry Ice Blasting Services
We are a trusted team of ice blasting service technicians. Whether you have a hazardous mess to clean up, or you simply need a solution for general cleanup around your business, call us today and get the best and most efficient ice blasting services in the area!