Dry Ice Blasting Health and Safety

At Gilsen we have the experience and background to manage the hazards associated with delivering an advanced cleaning service in complex environments.

Gilsen has developed a comprehensive Health and Safety Policy and maintains a full H&S and Hazard Management Manual with procedures, safety plans, checklists and templates to ensure planning  for each job is comprehensive.

Staff are trained in all aspects of safety management, and where required have specific qualifications for the job, including Confined Space and Working at Heights.

 

Common hazards associated with Dry Ice Blasting include:

Carbon Dioxide buildup
Dry ice, when blasted or spilt, changes to CO2 gas and will displace air and the oxygen needed to breathe. This can result in headaches, dizziness, impaired thought processes, and potentially asphyxiation.
Carbon dioxide may also flow into, and remain in, areas adjacent to or below the work area. Such areas need to be isolated or evacuated and checked before leaving the site.
We monitor CO2 levels and have the experience and equipment to remove CO2 from the working area or supplying air to the operator as required.

Working in Confined Spaces
Some jobs will involve working in confined spaces. The surface material being cleaned may have reduced the quality of the air before work begins and CO2 buildup will be a hazard.
Gilsen only uses operators with Confined Space qualifications for this type of job.  We work with the customer prepare a safety plan prior to the job starting.

Noise
Noise levels near the blaster are dependent on the blaster pressure and nozzle and the surface being cleaned.  We always use PPE and supply it to others if required.