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Cold room, often referred to as cold store or cold storage facility, plays a vital role in preserving temperature-sensitive items. You can find these facilities in food supply logistics and pharmaceutical distribution centres, ensuring that perishable goods remain at the required low temperatures. To maintain the continuous operation of cold stores while ensuring the safety of employees and maintenance personnel, safety solutions need to be implemented.
Fisher Alvin, a trusted provider of safety systems, has been serving UK distribution centres for many years, helping safeguard businesses against accidents and protect the people working within these critical infrastructures.
Cold storage facilities rely on various equipment, such as ventilation and cooling systems, to maintain the desired temperature. Most of this equipment is situated on the roof of the cold storage, requiring access for inspections, maintenance, and emergency repairs. Unfortunately, work at height presents one of the main causes of occupational fatalities and serious injuries in the UK.
Employers, facility managers, building owners, and contractors share a duty to ensure the safety of individuals working at height on the rooftop. By providing a secure environment for workers, you can reduce the risk of costly accidents, increase uptime, and minimize operational costs.
One effective safety solution for mitigating the fall hazards associated with rooftop work in cold storage facilities is the installation of non-penetrating rooftop guardrails. These collective fall protection systems are designed to safeguard individuals accessing the roof, offering passive protection that complies with legal requirements for safety at height.
The cold room roofs are very busy areas, with many pipes, obstacles and necessary cooling or ventilation equipment installed there. In many cases, cold rooms have ceilings that are hanging from the main roof and are placed at different heights. All of these generate fall hazards for the maintenance personnel that will access the roof. The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) advises installing counterbalanced guardrails on cold store roofs, to protect personnel from falling over the edge. The edge protection systems should be tested to BS EN 13374:2013 Class A.
Our modular, free-standing safety guardrail provides a permanent, safe, and dependable barrier for the roof edge without compromising the roof’s integrity. Unlike penetrating systems, our non-penetrating roof railings sit on the roof’s surface and do not require drilling, eliminating the risk of costly leakages. The system takes little space, is adaptable and easy to assemble, and complies with BS EN 13374 Class A standard and the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
In addition to rooftop guardrails, Fisher Alvin provides various other safety systems to enhance protection in cold storage facilities.
Fisher Alvin offers a complete design, supply, and delivery service to help you secure your cold storage facilities. With our comprehensive range of safety systems and the expertise of our knowledgeable team, we can design a customised solution that ensures the most dangerous areas within your facility are protected following UK and EU safety standards.
Contact Fisher Alvin today to discuss your project needs and take the first step towards ensuring the safety and efficiency of your cold storage facility. Trust in our experience and dedication to safety to protect your people and your business.