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Walk-in Coolers: Employee Safety

Walk-in coolers are essential for commercial food service; they provide a cost-effective storage solution. However, walk-in coolers can be dangerous. Sudden entrapment can lead to hypothermia as temperatures are often between 28 and 40 degrees. All Temp, the Tampa walk-in cooler experts, want to make sure that your employees are safe when entering your walk-in cooler.

Safety First
OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, regulates that “Employees must be able to open an exit route door from the inside at all times without keys, tools, or special knowledge.” Because of this, all manufacturers include a safety release so that an employee does not accidentally become locked in. Make sure to regularly check safety releases on doors to prevent accidental entrapment.

Falls
Condensation often collects in walk-in coolers, quickly turning walkways into icy surfaces. Make sure to scrape the floor periodically, and require all employees to wear non-slip shoes for extra traction. If possible, avoid using wood during construction; wood can absorb moisture which contributes to a slippery floor.

Toxins
Mold and carbon dioxide pose a risk to employees. Mold can start growing when the moisture level reaches 70%, so make sure humidity is set to 60% inside your walk-in cooler. Additionally, storing dry ice in your color can cause carbon dioxide to build up and reach unsafe levels.

Preventing Accidents
Luckily, it’s easy to keep your walk-in cooler safe! Just follow these tips:

  • Keep things dry! Wipe up any spills as soon as they happen.
  • Check safety releases on doors regularly.
  • Clean your walk-in cooler daily to lower the risk of mold or fungus buildup.
  • Keep winter garments stored near your walk-in cooler. This can help lower the risk of circulation issues, and your employees will be more comfortable while inside the walk-in cooler.
  • Stay on top of routine maintenance.

If you follow these tips, your employees will be as safe as possible when inside a walk-in cooler! If you think your walk-in cooler needs maintenance, contact the Tampa walk-in cooler professionals at All Temp. We work with your schedule to make sure that your walk-in cooler is as safe and efficient as possible. Give us a call at (813) 630-9400 or schedule an appointment online.

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