Carbon dioxide (CO2) is widely used across the hospitality and beverage industry where it’s used to add the fizz into drinks that are served to customers – including beer 🍺, wine🍷and soft drinks and soda such as Cola.
Carbon dioxide is also a natural by-product of many manufacturing processes in the drinks industry, such as fermentation which takes place in wineries. Wherever there is the risk of excess carbon dioxide, whether that’s in breweries, wineries or bars – CO2 needs careful monitoring, protecting both staff and customers from the risks that the gas poses – which includes illness, followed by death by CO2 toxicity (hypercapnia). 🍇
A WINERY USUALLY HAS TWO OR THREE AREAS IN WHICH CARBON DIOXIDE NEEDS TO BE MONITORED:
- In the rooms where the wine is fermenting, where carbon dioxide is a by-product
- Carbon dioxide needs to be measured in bottling areas – where CO2 is also used 🍾
- Barrel cellars will often require carbon dioxide monitoring
The importance of measuring carbon dioxide is heightened by the fact that the gas can not be seen, smelt or tasted by human senses – giving it the nickname of ‘the silent killer’. The CO2 that leaks from a gas cylinder is denser than air and so collects on the floor around the cylinder. You will need to place greatest importance on measuring the gas in confined spaces, cellars, and around tanks – where CO2 can accumulate on the ground and might start to fill the area if it is not suitably ventilated.
At Analox, we design and manufacture a range of carbon dioxide alarms and detectors which have been designed for use in Wineries. IP rated, these monitors are available in both portable and fixed designs – helping keep your workforce and customers safe – wherever they are working.
All of these products have been designed to be easy to use, with configurable alarms – so you can meet the exact legislation for your local geographical area.
As always if you have any questions about gas detection in your winery – please do just get in touch and we will be more than happy to discuss your exact requirements.