What is Dry January?
As the widely celebrated festivities of Christmas and New Year have officially ended, many of you may be partaking in the public health campaign called ‘Dry January’. The campaign has increased in popularity each year, where participants try not to drink alcohol for the whole month of January. It’s a great initiative which appears to have a number of physical and mental health benefits, many of which are needed after a period of indulgence.
Health Benefits to Dry January
- Weight loss: Previous partakers of dry January have reported significant weight loss. As alcohol can be a major player in your overall caloric intake, removing this can help improve weight loss.
- Sleep: You may experience better sleep which results in having more energy. This not only has a positive impact on your physical health but also your mental health which is just as important.
- General health improvement: As you should know, alcohol can have a number of negative outcomes if drank excessively, cutting out alcohol can reduce these risk.
- No Hangovers: The most obvious health benefit is that you will no longer experience hangovers, but what is it in alcohol that actually causes hangovers?
Hangovers: What is the cause?
In most cases, the severity of a hangover is due to the substance ethanol and dehydration. You may be wondering what this has to do with Analox Sensor Technology… however, if you are experiencing headaches and/or dizziness from the night before, it might not just be the result of those 10 pints you indulged in! It might be that you have been exposed to CO2 at your local bar or pub! It is important for businesses to be aware and monitor their CO2 levels if they use CO2 for carbonation or as a pressure tool for delivering beverages on site; alcoholic or not.
CO2 Exposure: What are the risks?
As carbon dioxide is a colourless and odorless gas, if undetected it can be detrimental to health. Typical symptoms include: nausea, headaches, dizziness, vomiting and in most serious cases it can lead to those exposed falling into a coma and ultimately death. Some businesses overlook, or don’t really understand the dangers of CO2, hence the CO2 exposure regulations that exists as part of health and safety legislations and government acts across the world.
CO2 Exposure Limits: Is your business legally compliant?
OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the United States Department of Labor, is the overarching industry authority to assure safe and healthful working conditions in the workplace and sets guidelines for permissible exposure limits to carbon dioxide. International Fire Code 2018 IFC and National Fire Protection Association NFPA 55, also regulate and provide guidance on the use of compressed gases including CO2.
EH40 is a list of ‘Workplace Exposure Limits’ as published by the Health & Safety Executive in the UK and Europe. The levels of exposure are set by the HSE, and although many think of EH40 as a guidance document, in reality these ‘Workplace Exposure Limits’ are legally enforceable.
To find out more on how to comply, check out our previous EH40 CO2 exposure blog post and our gas legislation page providing links to relevant regulations
A reminder to businesses, although many of your customers may be partaking in Dry January this month, it does not mean you no longer run the risk of CO2 exposure. Keep on top of your CO2 Safety with our AX60+.