HOSPITALITY

Clearing the Air: Advancing Hospitality Gas Detection Standards

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Analox gas detection products have been effectively keeping workers and civilians safe in numerous hospitality applications for over 30 years. The hospitality industry is the largest industry to use our CO2 products in the USA. Our state-of-the-art gas monitors are simple to use while effectively keeping your establishment safe.

We supply gas monitors to industry supply chains; breweries, wineries, and fermentation plants, as well as end-users; restaurants, bars, and hotels. In the hospitality space, 90% of users say that they find Analox products through Parts Town, one of our biggest distributors in America.

When you are not prepared with the proper equipment, it is hard to prevent tragedies from happening. Both CO2 and N2 can displace oxygen and cause asphyxiation, as well as other health concerns. With our innovative and modern gas detection systems, you can protect your employees and guests.

Our team is dedicated to ensuring your facilities are safe and outfitted with the appropriate equipment to fit your needs. We have numerous gas detectors and systems that are applicable to layouts found in hospitality spaces.

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Carbon Dioxide Solutions

Fermentation within the production of alcoholic drinks, storing and bottling of carbonated beverages as well as serving draft beverages all produce and use carbon dioxide (CO2). Within Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) it can also be used to help preserve food, freeze or chill it.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) cannot be detected by human senses and as little as 0.5% in the atmosphere can affect the human body. Protect yourself and your team by fitting a carbon dioxide (CO2) monitor.

If you need a simple, ready to install and cost-effective gas safety monitor – we’ve got you covered.

The Ax60+ is easy to install and already programmed for your local regulations.

The DOM can be retro fitted to any existing Ax60+ installations and provides real-time monitoring of the Ax60+ and communicates with customers remote systems such as a Building Management System (BMS).

A wall mountable carbon dioxide (CO2) monitor and alarm.

A single point wall mounted safety monitor for carbon dioxide (CO2) enrichment. Typically found in restaurants, pubs, bars, fast food establishments, breweries, hospitality venues, laboratories and medical centers.

Due to American legislation, this is not suitable for the American market, please look at the Ax60+.

A portable, personal safety monitor for carbon dioxide (CO2) enrichment.

A single gas NDIR (Non-Dispersive infrared) sensor for carbon dioxide (CO2).

Oxygen Solutions

If you use an inert gas, such as nitrogen (N2) in brewing, dispense applications to make a smooth beer or in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) to preserve foods by chilling, freezing or pressurizing packaging then you need an oxygen (O2) monitor.

If a nitrogen (N2) leak occurs it can displace the oxygen (O2) in the air you breathe which can be fatal. Analox offers a choice of wall mount or portable solutions to make sure that doesn’t happen.

If you need a simple, ready to install and cost-effective gas safety monitor – we’ve got you covered.

The Ax60+ is easy to install and already programmed for your local regulations.

The DOM can be retro fitted to any existing Ax60+ installations and provides real-time monitoring of the Ax60+ and communicates with customers remote systems such as a Building Management System (BMS).

A single point wall mountable safety monitor for oxygen (O2) depletion. This uses a partial pressure oxygen (O2) sensor so it is not cross sensitive to helium (He) ingress.

A single point wall mount safety monitor for oxygen (O2) depletion and enrichment that has a ppO2 sensor.

A portable, personal safety monitor for both carbon dioxide (CO2) enrichment and oxygen (O2) enrichment and depletion.

Multi Gas Solution

If you are using multiple gases within Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) or are looking for a dual gas analyzer in your brewery, look no further.

If you need a simple, ready to install and cost-effective gas safety monitor – we’ve got you covered.

The Ax60+ is easy to install and already programmed for your local regulations.

The DOM can be retro fitted to any existing Ax60+ installations and provides real-time monitoring of the Ax60+ and communicates with customers remote systems such as a Building Management System (BMS).

A portable, personal safety monitor for both carbon dioxide (CO2) enrichment and oxygen (O2) enrichment and depletion.

A process gas analyzer for single or multi-gas monitoring.

Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)

The proof was in the pudding, now it’s in the packaging…

The demand for fresher and longer-lasting products in the hospitality sector is constantly increasing. Food products are travelling further afield, reaching new customers in different destinations. This demand brings a need for better quality control methods, as well as the implementation of new technologies.

Arguably the most popular method involves Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP). This is when the atmosphere inside the packaging is modified in order to increase the shelf life of the product, retaining freshness, and preventing microbes from growing.

MAP works on the basis that gases in contact with the product are replaced by controlled gaseous mixtures, which in turn flushes air from the packaging. Although it differs from product to product, the most commonly used gases include carbon dioxide, oxygen, and nitrogen, these gases help to combat bacteria and stop oxidation of the food.

Affected Facilities

The gas emitted by equipment used in the hospitality industry can become a health hazard if these gas levels are not monitored and controlled. Safety monitors should be used in “back of house” spaces to ensure occupant safety and comply with fire codes and regulations. Analox provides gas monitors to these facilities:

Hotels

  • Banquet halls
  • Conference rooms
  • Bars & restaurants

Stadiums

  • Kitchens
  • Food preparation stations  

 

Businesses in the hospitality realm that serve food and drinks can be exposed to many different gases just from the products they are serving. Oftentimes, carbon dioxide and nitrogen are used in beers and other beverages to create different textures and increase shelf-life and stability.  

Carbon dioxide is also used in carbonated drinks to give the fizzy characteristics we are used to from sodas. The CO2 is dissolved in the liquid and becomes carbonic acid, which results in the classic fizz. When it comes to carbonated drinks, around 1.5 liters of CO2 can be dissolved in just one liter of water. 

Both CO2 and N2 can become dangerous in enclosed and small spaces. While these gases give us foods and beverages we enjoy, it is crucial to have safety monitors in areas such as walk-in coolers and cellars to maintain smooth and compliant operations and prevent illness or even death. 

Analox has provided the hospitality industry with reliable and accurate gas monitors that are user-friendly for over four decades. We have worked with hotels, restaurants, and bars to reduce worry about dangerous gases and keep business running as usual.

Where do I put my CO2 and O2 monitors?

As the carbon dioxide that leaks from a gas cylinder is denser than air, it’s important to place CO2 monitors low to the ground – where they can monitor the areas with the highest concentration of carbon dioxide and alert you to a leak as soon as it starts, so you don’t waste any CO2.

O2 monitors should be installed at normal working head height for the area. It is best practice to carry out a risk assessment to determine the best location in the room based on layout, ventilation, gas sources and air flow.

Due to the volume of gases used in the hospitality industry, it is commonplace for incidents to occur and sadly, there have also been multiple deaths reported in this industry due to gas leaks. It is important you keep your team safe as well as complying to your local regulations.

Each area of the world regulates the permissible limits for gases such as CO2 and O2. The best and easiest way to stay safe and comply is to use gas monitoring systems, ideally those with a TWA (Time Weighted Average) function. As well as installing gas alarms, all equipment used in the carbonation and preparation of drinks needs to be well maintained – minimizing risks of fatal leaks.

Hospitality Food Packaging

Food Packaging and Transportation in the Hospitality Industry

In the hospitality industry, where food quality and safety are paramount, it’s crucial to have dependable gas monitoring solutions in place. Analox offers a comprehensive range of monitors tailored to every stage of the food supply chain, ensuring quality from farm to table.

Within food packaging and storage practices, the manipulation of atmospheric gases is key to preserving food at its best. Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) is a common technique utilized during packaging, where the composition of oxygen (O2), carbon dioxide (CO2), and nitrogen (N2) is adjusted to precisely match the needs of the specific product being packaged. This meticulous control of gas ratios helps maintain freshness, extend shelf life, and safeguard food integrity throughout its journey to the consumer.

CO2 is commonly used in produce packaging to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. When produce is harvested, it continues to respire, consuming oxygen and producing carbon dioxide. Excess oxygen can accelerate the ripening process and promote spoilage. By modifying the atmosphere inside the packaging to have higher levels of CO2 and lower levels of oxygen, the respiration rate of the produce slows down, thereby extending its freshness and shelf life. Additionally, the presence of CO2 helps inhibit the growth of certain spoilage microorganisms, further preserving the quality of the product.

Legislation

States that the TWA (employee’s average airborne exposure in any 8-hour work shift of a 40-hour workweek which shall not be exceeded) for CO2 is 5,000 ppm and the short-term exposure limit (15 minutes) is 15,000ppm.
Recommended Products: Ax60+, CO2Buddy

A REL (reference emissions level) for CO2 not to exceed 5,000 ppm over an 8-hour TWA and a 15-minute TWA STEL (short-term exposure level) of 30,000 ppm for CO2 in workplace air.
Recommended Products: Ax60+, CO2Buddy

States that the 8-hour TWA PEL (level of exposure established as the highest level of exposure an employee may be exposed to CO2 without incurring the risk of adverse health effects) is 5,000ppm and a 30,000ppm limit that must not be exceeded in a 10 minute period. A value of 40,000ppm is considered immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH value).
Recommended Products: Ax60+, CO2Buddy

This piece of Australian legislation sets a minimum standard for the use of gases in the hospitality industry. The standard is not just confined to new installations, it also requires any existing equipment to be updated to conform. Employers have an obligation to provide a safe working environment and those choosing to work with Analox can rest assured that they will meet these standards.

Often, CO2 cylinders used for dispensing beverages are kept in confined spaces with limited ventilation. AS5034 specifies that all cellars and storage rooms without natural ventilation need gas monitors installed.
Gas monitors must measure carbon dioxide levels and if an inert gas such as argon or nitrogen is also stored or used, an oxygen monitor should be used. An audible and visible alarm should be installed both inside and outside the area.
Recommended Products: A50, Ax60+, CO2Buddy

The entire Analox Hospitality line is designed to reliably and accurately measure the presence of carbon dioxide and depletion of oxygen in hotels, restaurants, and bars. Our fixed and portable CO2 and O2 monitors are the culmination of forty years worth of research & development, where we have created a range of easy to use, yet innovative monitors that keep your people safe.

Are you looking for the most suitable gas monitor for your hotel? Restaurant? Bar? You can view the full range of our hospitality gas solutions below and as always – if you have any questions please get in touch and we will be more than happy to help.

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