How to take care of your feet when working in a cold store

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Common issues

A lot of cold store 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 its thermal properties are compromised and the compressed fur and lining trap sweat inside the work 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 growing
  3. Keep your insulated work 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 of boots as soon as you can.

There is, however an even easier solution: Introducing Ice Diamond boots with removable boot liners

By understanding all these possible issues mentioned above, FlexiTog’s answer is a thermal workwear boot that has a removable and replaceable liner. With our Ice Diamond thermal workwear boots, 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 cold store as the properties of the sole dramatically change in sub-zero temperatures.

The 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 thermal footwear, to design a sole that doesn’t freeze up in sub-zero temperatures, therefore provides excellent safety in the workplace.

You can learn more about cold store footwear certifications here, or download our definitive cold storage clothing guide.

Order today >>> Ice Diamond boots with removable boot liners

 

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Last modified: 7th May 2019