Guidance- Working at height in cold climate
The organisations say that owing to the harsh climatic environment within a cold store, with temperatures often below minus 20ºC, there is a lack of state-of-the-art technology in terms of work-at-height solutions for the industry. Consequently, many cold-store operators were in breach of existing HSE guidance in this area by regularly using non-integrated working platforms for planned work.
The new guidance from the BFFF and FSDF was developed following full consultation with the HSE and is supplementary to existing HSE Guidance Note PM284. It outlines a hierarchy of work-at-height equipment alternatives available, and includes examples of elements to consider in developing a safe system of work for the operation of lift-truck and non-integrated working platform combinations.
The BFFF and FSDF say the industry is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all involved in the frozen food industry. This new guidance will support the industry to enhance their health and safety practices by providing relevant and practical advice for work at height solutions. It can be downloaded from www.bfff.co.uk/about-us/ publications/work-height-equipment-guidance-cold-stores
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