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Stacking and storage in cold conditions? Follow these three environmental requirements...

by , 10 February 2014
You probably already know that your stacking and storage must be well-lit. But, did you know that stacking and storage in cold conditions has additional requirements? Read on to find out more about this.

Stacking and storage isn't straightforward. Keeping your floors clean, ensuring that stairs and passages are free of obstructions as well as providing sufficient light isn't enough.

If you use stacking and storage in cold conditions, such as refrigerated warehouses, you must comply with additional requirements set out in Section 2 of the Environmental Regulations for workplaces.

Here are the requirements for stacking and storage in cold conditions

The Health & Safety Advisor explains that these additional requirements will apply to you if your employees work in temperatures ranging from:

  • 0° C degrees to -18° C;
  • 18° C to -34° C; and
  • -57° C or lower.

If you tick any of these boxes, you must provide these three things:

  1. Certain types of clothing for employees exposed to these temperatures;
  2. Conditions that'll allow your employee to recover from cold temperatures (i.e. heated rooms and or work breaks); and
  3. Medical examinations.

And don't forget you must display signs to warn employees and the public about the hazards in your workplace. Also make sure that these signs comply with SABS standards.

There you have it. Now that you know the requirements for stacking and storage in cold conditions, make sure you comply to avoid penalties.

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