Shawcity Gas Detection Solutions for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Hazards.


Today the UK is the first country in the world to give the go-ahead for the new Pfizer vaccination to help stop the spread of Coronavirus, a huge breakthrough for not only the country but for the medical industry.

The government has outlined an extensive distribution programme with the most vulnerable including care home residents and NHS workers to be the first to receive the vaccine before the end of 2020.

The breakthrough vaccine is produced in the US, Germany and Belgium. It must be stored below
-70◦C and kept in sealed containers. However, dry ice will be used to preserve the temperature-sensitive vaccine whilst in transportation and storage. Dry ice can be a very serious hazard in a small, confined space that is not well-ventilated. As dry ice melts it turns into carbon dioxide gas, which can create dangerous levels of CO2 in the local atmosphere.

CO2 is classed as a 'substance hazardous to health' and there are HSE workplace exposure limits (WELs) in place for it, which are the limits to airborne concentrations of hazardous substances in the workplace. As the concentration of CO2 in air rises it can cause headaches, dizziness, confusion, loss of consciousness and can present an immediate threat to life through asphyxiation when it displaces the oxygen in air down to dangerously low levels.

As large-scale vaccine distribution continues, it is important to monitor personal and environmental levels for CO2 to alert workers to potentially unsafe conditions.

Shawcity offers a wide range of innovative monitoring solutions for both portable and fixed CO2 gas detection.

Portable gas detectors are ideal for workers handling and transporting dry ice, particularly in confined spaces such as vehicles, shipping containers, vaccination distribution centres and vaccine manufacturing. A portable instrument provides the flexibility to spot check leaks as well as being the cost-effective solution for maintenance. Advanced technology, long life sensors and batteries allow the detectors to continuously monitor for traces of CO2.

Fixed gas detectors are recommended for shipping sites, hospitals and dry ice storage facilities. Once installed, the fixed detectors will continuously monitor the atmosphere and alert workers when CO2 limits are breached. Shawcity can offer bespoke systems to suit your requirements with options for wireless real time data recording.

In line with government guidance, Shawcity can support you with your CO2 monitoring requirements. For more information please email or call 01367 899419.




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