Cool rooms are beneficial in commercial operations that handle temperature-sensitive products. The low temperature in this type of industrial structure ensures the preservation of the products, minimising the loss of stock. Unfortunately, the cold room in your business space is not a comfortable work environment. The low temperature can cause discomfort to the workers, reducing their productivity. Moreover, the cold environment can be hostile for sensitive individuals, increasing the risk of poor health. Here are some simple guidelines to help you promote comfort and well-being for employees working in your cool room.
Monitor the Room Temperature
In general, the temperature in your cool room will depend on the specific goods stored in the space. However, you should monitor the temperature in your cool room at all times to ensure that there are no anomalies. This practice is critical for the preservation of your goods and the safety of the workers. It is important to have several sensors in the room for monitoring.
In some cases, there might be poor air distribution in the room, meaning that there will be hot and cold spots. The warm spots might damage the merchandise, and the cold areas could cause harm to the workers. If you notice these anomalies, you can reorganise the space for better air distribution, or your HVAC contractor can perform repairs.
Perform Immediate Repairs
Some cold-related accidents in the workplace occur due to the lack of immediate repairs in the cold room. In simple terms, you should not allow functional problems to remain unresolved even if the cool room is working. Often, the cooling system does not fail in a single day; it degrades slowly. Therefore, you should take note of unusual wind chills which indicate bad airflow. Also, you should consult an HVAC technician if you notice ice build-up and wet spots in the room. Additionally, you should not ignore unusual noises and odours.
Provide Protective Clothing
Cool rooms are not as cold as commercial refrigerators. However, the temperature in the space is lower than the normal room temperature. As a result, the employees will be vulnerable to heat loss and related problems. Fortunately, these issues can be prevented by wearing the correct clothing for a cold environment.
The right gear will depend on the temperature of the room. Ideally, the workers should have appropriate thermal clothes over their bodies. You should also note that multiple layers of clothes will provide more insulation. In addition, the employees should wear woollen socks, protective footwear, gloves and knit caps beneath hard hats.