Working safely with dry ice, even for supermarket delivery drivers!

19 July, 2023
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Last week, the Labor Inspectorate (Arbeidsinspectie) warned about the unsafe working conditions of grocery delivery drivers. Among others, coming into contact with the refrigerant dry ice has risks such as freezing and suffocation. Special Cargo recognizes these dangers: working with dry ice requires proper knowledge and measures. We developed the e-learning “Working safely with dry ice” especially for that purpose. It is now also available in English.


The Labor Inspectorate recently conducted an inspection of five major supermarket delivery companies. One of the findings was that working with dry ice can be unsafe. That’s right, if the employee does not have the proper knowledge and does not take appropriate precautions. If it does, dry ice is an easy and effective refrigerant for transportation and storage of medicines and perishable (food) goods.


Improper use of dry ice indeed has great risks. For example, when touched, the skin can freeze. And in non-ventilated areas, dry ice can lead to suffocation. So you have to know how to deal with this. You’ll learn that with the e-learning “Working safely with dry ice. For example, did you know that you should always wear thermal gloves and eye protection when you may come in contact with dry ice?

Being a good employer

Article 5 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act states that activities that may pose a risk to employees must be included in the Risk Inventory and Evaluation (Risico-Inventarisatie en -Evaluatie, RI&E). And that the employer should take steps to minimize existing risks. All these things you will learn in the e-learning. This is how you as an employer give substance to being a good employer.

Register immediately!

Should everyone then go through complicated training? Definitely not! This online training will teach you everything you need to know to work safely with dry ice in practice in 1-2 hours. At the end of the e-learning, you will be given a series of questions to check that you are sufficiently familiar with the risks of dry ice.


A few more advantages:
– Interactive e-learning, so you can follow whenever and wherever you want
– Until September 1, 2023 for the introductory price of €30
– Now also available in English
– Most importantly, your safety and that of your employees will benefit!

Need dry ice?

And should you need dry ice yourself: as you know, Special Cargo Services is your reliable partner, also in dry ice. Throughout the summer and beyond, we are ready to pack your shipment, deliver dry ice, or re-ice your shipment at your location.


The Labor Inspectorate issued a warning to the supermarkets in question. She will check again later this year. If violations are then found again, the companies may be fined.

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