What it contains

Each year, hundreds of people are injured while working in cold storage facilities. This handbook advises employers and employees on how to create a safe working environment. It explains the legal duties that apply to cold storage facilities, including consulting with employees about health and safety. It also tells you how:

  • to provide training and ongoing supervision
  • to use control measures to identify low, medium and high-risk tasks
  • to identify the best design and layout of a facility to reduce injury risks
  • a good traffic management system can protect pedestrians and vehicles
  • to protect employees from the effects of a cold work environment
  • to find the safest ways for employees to complete manual handling tasks
  • to ensure equipment is safe and emergency management plans are kept up-to-date

At the end of the document, you’ll find a range of tools you can use for more information and planning, including:

  • a process chart to design a safe cold storage workplace
  • a wind chill program chart
  • information about operating LPG forklift trucks in poorly ventilated places
  • information about long-term fruit storage in controlled atmosphere rooms
  • a guide on protective clothing for cold storage
  • an anhydrous ammonia refrigeration systems guide

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