Working in extremely cold weather conditions, or in cold storage, is not merely uncomfortable, it can actually pose some genuine health threats. In certain lines of work, spending hours in such conditions is unavoidable, making the use of appropriate PPE essential. CHARNAUD® highlights the most important sub-zero safety precautions, and explains the role of specially designed cold storage or industrial freezer PPE, such as our CHARNAUD® ZERO-TECH® range of clothing.

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How To Stay Safe When Working Cold Conditions

The risks associated with working in cold conditions are generally described under the term, “cold stress”. It includes conditions such as hypothermia and frostbite. The aim of any safety regime for workers in cold conditions is to prevent the onset of cold stress. This is essentially achieved by diminishing exposure to cold air and surfaces. Among the most important measures to take are:

  • Dress in layered clothing made of wool or appropriate synthetic blends. Equip yourself with a specially designed set of cold storage PPE.
  • Put additional cover on the most vulnerable body parts, such as the head, nose, ears, fingers, cheeks and toes. Beanies, scarves, gloves and thick socks are essential.
  • Keep dry! This is utmost importance. In cold storage, or working in cold, wet conditions, it is quite common to be exposed to melting ice or cold water. You need to either include a dry change of clothes or incorporate a waterproof layer in your PPE provisions – or both.
  • Drink warm, sweet drinks that can help raise your body temperature and replace the energy you are losing to the cold air.
  • Work in pairs or groups and keep a close eye on one another. If you spot any warning signs in your teammates, such as confusion, brain fog, etc., get them out of the cold conditions as soon as possible. Check in with one another regularly.
  • Don’t touch cold metal surfaces with your bare hands. In fact, you should keep your hands in warm, insulated gloves at all times.
  • Take a break every two hours or so, stepping out into a warmer environment for at least ten minutes.

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CHARNAUD® has designed a special range of PPE clothing tailored for use in sub-zero conditions. Equipment such as this should be a central part of any cold storage work safety plan. The range consists of layered, insulated, flame-resistant freezer jackets and trousers, as well as boots and thermal socks. The clothing can be supplemented with a good pair of insulated gloves, a beanie or a balaclava.

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CHARNAUD® is a supplier of quality PPE for a variety of professions. We can help workers of all occupations to protect themselves against the hazards of their daily tasks. Contact us for advice and quotations on PPE for your business.

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