The importance of high-quality PPE when working in a cold store

NEWS & MEDIA | 04 February 2021

The importance of high-quality PPE when working in a cold store

During Covid, we have all learned that if your body core temperature is higher than 37.5˚C, you are unwell. Maybe some are aware that the heart will stop at a core temperature of less than 29˚C. If the body’s temperature is lower than 37.5˚C, humans quickly lose concentration and the ability to do simple calculations.

Working at cold temperatures can affect the joints & cause painful hands & feet.

Apart from the medical conditions, continuously cold hands and feet together with the painful warming process makes the cold store workers unproductive and require more time in warmer areas.

Working in freezer stores can force the body to produce more heat to maintain a core temperature of 37.5˚C. The selection of cold store clothing should include an understanding of the duties that the wearer is likely to perform and the clothing itself should be able to ‘wick’ perspiration when strenuous work is performed.  Reach truck drivers who are relatively ‘inactive’ when driving the vehicles should be considered for more highly insulated clothing than picking staff for example.

Hollow fiber technology provides vastly improved insulation for freezer wear. The Delf Freezer wear range incorporates the latest European Health and safety requirements into their PPE and uses a special fiber blend including hollow fill fibers. This tough and durable cold wear PPE includes a range of salopettes, jackets, boots, gloves, and headgear which guarantee to keep cold store workers warm and increase productivity.

For more information on this exclusive range from Barpro Storage, please follow the link for the brochure: Freezer wear catalogue.

Contact details:

Cape Town: Sally-Anne : Techadmin@barpro.co.za      I          021 552 9190

Johannesburg: Maxine : jhbadmin@barpro.co.za         I           011 392 1702