Dry ice, or solid carbon dioxide, can be hazardous if not handled correctly. The extreme cold can burn skin, while the gas vapor can cause package ruptures if not allowed to properly vent. However, used correctly and in the right circumstances, dry ice can be a highly effective coolant for your shipment.
If your package requires the use of dry ice, it is suggested to take the following guidance to ensure your item(s), and anyone handling the item(s) during transit, stay safe.
Handling and Storing Dry Ice
- When handling dry ice, one should wear protective eyewear and use appropriate gloves to avoid contact with skin.
- Dry ice should never be stored in glass containers as cracks can occur.
- When storing dry ice, a special non-airtight container should be utilized to prevent internalized pressure buildup, leading to a rupture of the container.
Packing Boxes with Dry Ice
- Be sure to separate and insulate the item(s) from the dry ice. Dry ice should only be used to keep the box cool and not have any direct contact with the item(s).
- Only sturdy boxes should be used to ship item(s) with dry ice. In order to avoid potential breakage, do not use damaged or thin boxes.
- As dry ice vapors can cause pressure in a package to buildup causing a rupture, never seal a package to be airtight and always ensure any packing tape allows for some air to exit the package.
Abiding by these simple guidelines can help to keep your item(s) safe during transportation as well as keep anyone handling the item(s) safe.