Accidents can happen when working with commercial refrigeration systems. Doing all you can do to prevent these accidents will ensure that your employees are safe at all times.
Fortunately, there is quite a bit that you can do to safeguard the health and safety of your employees as they work with these units. Here is a look at a few tips to keep in mind.
1. Dress Right For The Job
Ensure that you equip all employees with the necessary gear and wear that will keep them warm as they handle inventory inside refrigeration units. Think warm jackets, gloves, and hats.
Dressing right will ensure that they are comfortable and do not catch something from the cold air getting into their system.
2. Keep The Units Clean And Dry
Wet floors in commercial refrigeration units such as walk-in coolers can lead to slip-and-fall accidents. You can easily avoid such accidents by cleaning up any spills as soon as possible and keeping everything dry.
Regularly cleaning your refrigeration units prevents the growth of mould, which will cause various health problems for your employees. Mould also thrive in damp areas, which is another reason why you should ensure that your commercial refrigeration systems are dry.
3. Stay Organised And Do Not overload
Overloaded shelves are at risk of collapsing, and when they unexpectedly collapse on a worker, it can lead to serious bodily injury. It is therefore very crucial that you observe the recommended maximum weight and avoid straining the shelves with excess weight.
Similarly, workers can easily trip over inventory items left lying around in commercial refrigeration units such as walk-in freezers. Always ensure that there is a clear path for the workers in and around these units to avoid such accidents.
4. Repair and Maintain
Manufacturers of commercial kitchen equipment and refrigeration systems such as walk-in freezers and coolers include a safety release mechanism in their product design. This mechanism makes it easy for those inside to get out even if someone else locks the unit from the outside, avoiding entrapment.
Ensuring that this mechanism works should be a priority in your routine maintenance program. If it is damaged, for whatever reason, make sure that you schedule for immediate repairs. It is the responsibility of every business owner to ensure a safe workplace for all employees. For a business that depends, to whatever extent, on commercial refrigeration, the outlined tips will help in achieving precisely that.