How to take care of your feet when working in a coldstore

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Common issues

A lot of coldstore and freezer operatives face these common problems with their feet;

  • Itching
  • Odours
  • Peeling
  • Cracking
  • Pain

The main cause of these problems is sweat. Not only is a lot of sweat uncomfortable, but it also provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungus, which can cause these symptoms.

 

What causes excessive sweat?

With standard ‘fur lined’ freezer boots, the fur is only a good thermal protector whilst the fur is not squashed. After a couple of months of wear, the fur gets squashed flat, therefore it’s thermal properties are not as good and the compressed fur and lining traps sweat inside the boot.

When the wearer’s foot gets damp, then the risk of frostbite and other problems is massive.

 

Is there a solution?

  1. Change your socks often to keep your feet dry and fresh
  2. Keep your feet clean to avoid any bacteria’s growing
  3. Keep your boots in good condition, most importantly if the fur or thermal insulation has been flattened, therefore losing its thermal properties and trapping in sweat, get a new pair as soon as you can.

There is, however an even easier solution:

By understanding all these possible issues mentioned above, FlexiTog’s answer is a boot that has a removable and replaceable liner. With our Ice Diamonds, liners can be easily swapped between shifts to keep your feet dry, comfortable and healthy.

 

Understanding safety

The Ice Diamond boots have been certified to EN86/686/EEC, here’s why; the usual test for freezer boots is EN20345. EN20345 is a test of slip rating and protection etc. However, the test to slip rating (SRA/SRB/SRC) is tested in normal conditions – not sub-zero, so a boot that gains the top marks for this, isn’t always going to work in the coldstore as the properties of the sole dramatically change in sub-zero temperatures.

CI test only tests the thermal resistance of the sole between 2 plates – boots can easily gain CI testing however this doesn’t take into consideration the upper of the boot.

We have worked with specialists in footwear, to design a sole that doesn’t freeze up in sub-zero temperatures, therefore provides excellent safety.

You can learn more about certifications here

 

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Last modified: 15th February 2018