The new guide was published on February 3rd, 2020 to help cold chain businesses keep on top of the specific health and safety challenges posed to employees operating in a cold environment.
In a statement by Shane Brennan, Cold Chain Federation’s Chief Executive, “Cold facilities are an inherently high-risk environment with unique challenges to be factored into health and safety planning and management.
Shane Brennan adds : “Ice build-up, freezing surfaces, condensation, the unsafe use of refrigerants and the impacts of exposure to low temperatures on workers can all increase the risk of accidents or ill health. The Cold Chain Federation is committed to driving safety standards in our industry. This guide is the foundation for all our future health and safety advice.”
The new guide can be downloaded from 3 February from the Cold Chain Federation website at www.coldchainfederation.org.uk/advice. It sets out the risks, compliance requirements and best practice measures throughout a cold store business, including the cold store itself, refrigerated equipment and battery charging areas and also docking areas.
Keeping People Safe in a Cold Store is the first piece of guidance to be produced under the Federation’s new Cold Chain Compliance brand. It has been produced with the support of the Cold Chain Federation’s Primary Authority partner Slough Borough Council. As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting members, the Federation is inviting them to submit their specific health and safety compliance queries from which the Federation is looking to work with its Primary Authority Partner to produce further detailed advice notes. Please contact the Cold Chain Federation Compliance team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to submit a query.
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