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Dry Ice Safety

Important information regarding dry ice

We have released a safety styatement on dry ice following the recent news regarding liquid nitrogen. you can download the safety announcement (PDF) by clicking here

Tips on the safe handling and usage of dry ice

Dry ice is vital for many activities, and is also great fun when used safely.

Here are some headline safety pointers. For further information please download the British Compressed Gases Association fact sheet.

  • Handle with protective gloves, handling dry ice with bare hands can cause burns.
  • Use in a well ventilated environment, do not store in a cellar or small unventilated room.
  • Do not place dry ice in any gas tight container.
  • Use well-designed storage containers, this will prolong the life of the ice and reduce the build-up of CO2 gas.
  • Please ensure a responsible adult is in charge of the ice, keep away from children.
  • Transport in a container isolated from the driver where possible. For small deliveries in a car ensure that external ventilation is on and that windows are at least partly opened.
  • Do not play games with dry ice – it can be dangerous!
  • Do not put dry ice in drinks unless using a suitable safety device like chillistick.


We have 3 documents on the safe use and transportation of dry ice. Click on the name to download the file.

British Compressed Gas Association guidelines

Safety Data Sheet for Carbon Dioxide (solid)

If you are preparing a COSSH assessment including dry ice you may find the following notes of help:

Properties and Hazards for COSHH

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