February is National Care About Your Indoor Air Month, and Beall Brewery Insurance wants to remind breweries that a brewery’s air quality is very important to the health and safety of its workers, and to the longevity of the brewery itself.
Anecdotally, carbon dioxide is among the causes of the highest number of brewery injuries, sometimes because of overpressurization (which can lead to catastrophic rupture of tanks) or frostbite injuries.
Asphyxiation can also easily occur if proper safety measures are not taken, particularly in relation to confined spaces in the brewery. Recently in a German brewery, two workers died in separate incidents, both of them overcome by carbon dioxide accumulated in vessels they were inspecting. Naturally produced during fermentation, carbon dioxide is also used in carbonation, kegging, purging vessels and kegs, and serving at the bar.
It’s safest not to enter confined spaces in the first place, if there is any way the necessary work can be performed from the outside. Clean-in-place systems may allow many vessels to be cleaned from the outside, but there may be situations in which it is absolutely necessary for someone to enter the vessel to complete the work. If that is the case, be sure to follow OSHA guidelines to ensure safety.
For more than 25 years, Beall Financial and Insurance Services, Inc., has been helping corporations and individuals protect their most important assets. The agency’s client base covers a spectrum of niche businesses, such as craft breweries, that require specialized insurance packages and knowledge. With California offices in Redlands and Newport Beach, Beall Financial and Insurance Services serves clients nationwide.