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LDB July Safety Tip – Working in the Cold Zone - BCGEU

ColdZone: the effects of the cold, proper PPE, amble space for stocking and room for a step ladder to reach higher rollers/shelves, mould spotting and remediation. 

As the weather remains hot, many customers will be seeking chilled beverages from the Cold Zone. Working in temperatures between 0 – 4°C presents an additional workplace hazard. Below we will outline tips for maintaining your health and safety while working in the Cold Zone.

Before entering the Cold Zone:

  • Inform your supervisor or co-worker so they know to find you in the event of emergency.
  • Don all PPE: Properly fitted insulated gloves, light jacket, toque (longer durations).
  • Inspect all equipment: step stools, dollies.

While in the Cold Zone:

  • Assure stacks are not higher than shoulder height.
  • Use a step stool to avoid lifting loads above shoulder height.
  • Assure stacks are balanced so they don't pose a tipping hazard.
  • Organize the cooler to ensure there's access to all products without overreaching.
  • Ensure there is ample space to move safely between stacks and/or aisles.
  • Ensure there's room between stock and shelving so you're not leaning backwards or reaching to the sides to get product on the shelves/racking.
  • Keep pathways clear of stacks and cardboard debris.

Leaving the Cold Zone:

  • Give a warning knock to avoid bumping into a co-worker on the other side of the door.

Other considerations:

  • Duties should be rotated so that no one person has to spend prolonged time in the Cold Zone.
  • Take microbreaks to warm yourself up and stretch.

Mould Exposure:
Anywhere moisture can collect presents the risk of mould growth. Moulds can pose a health risk, especially where there is an underlying immuno-condition. In order to combat mould in the Cold Zone, we recommend the following:

  • Clean/wipe up any pooled moisture or condensation that has built up.
  • If the moisture is coming from a leak, report the hazard to a supervisor to get fixed.
  • If you believe you have been exposed to mould at work, report it to the WorkSafeBC Exposure registry.

For the full risk assessment, please see the attached documents: click here and here.
You have the right to refuse unsafe work. The process for refusal can be found here:
If you have question or concerns, please reach out to your steward or local chair. We can be reached at [email protected] or you can find us online at
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Component 5 OHS

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