Cal-OSHA as a very short regulation regarding walk-in cold storage/freezers.
Perhaps SD has something similar.
=A73249. Cold Storage, Processing, and Manufacturing Rooms.
a) Every cold storage, processing and manufacturing room shall have at least one door which can be opened from the inside except as provided in (d) below, and
(b) Illumination shall be provided in the room. This may be either a constantly burning lamp without switch control or a lamp controlled by a switch to be located inside near the door. If a switch is used means shall be provided to indicate its location in the dark, and
(c) A firefighter's-type axe shall be kept in the room near the door.
EXCEPTIONS TO SUBSECTION (c):
1. Mental, penal, or corrective institutions where supervisory personnel are continually on duty and effective provisions are made to remove occupants in case of fire or other emergency.
2. Door(s) installed in a manner that will prevent the door from freezing shut.
3. Cold storage, processing, and manufacturing rooms where temperatures are maintained above 32 degrees F or 0 degrees C.
(d) Doors may be padlocked or otherwise securely locked from the outside if the room is equipped with an inside release mechanism which will release the latch and open the door when the latch is padlocked or
(1) There is posted on the outside of the doors a sign reading: "Do Not Lock These Doors Until You Are Positive No One Is Inside," and
(2) The room is equipped with an electrically operated audible and visible signal system which can be actuated from inside the room and be seen and heard outside the room. Both systems to be on a single control and tested daily.
Eric Clark, MS, CCHO, CHMM
Environmental & Occupational
Health & Safety Specialist
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
400 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90015
We have this Cold Room poster that you may find helpful:
Wayne Wood | Director, Environmental Health and Safety – Directeur, Sant=E9, securit=E9 et environnement| McGill University | 3610 rue McTavish Street, 4th floor | Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 1Y2 | Tel: (514) 398-2391
Happy Monday to you all,
For those of you that have cold rooms, do you have an SOP that you do for them as far as general guidelines? We have had a moisture problem here that is mostly resolved, but now we need to sanitize the rooms. If you have a best practices or guidelines that you have followed, would you be willing to share?
Even something that I can share with the scientists to help with keeping the rooms in best condition would be very helpful.
Campus Environmental Health and Safety Manager
Environmental Health & Safety
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 East St. Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995
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