Rather than keeping a person’s hands cool while protecting them from an outside heat source, like most gloves or mitts found in a commercial kitchen, freezer gloves keep the hands warm while protecting them from frost bite. Freezer gloves are primarily used by workers who spend a lot of time in the freezer stacking and organizing food products. However, a pair of gloves is not going to protect the rest of the body. In order to prevent hypothermia, workers must layer on clothes to maintain the proper core body temperature. When going from a warm environment to a cold one, it is also important to allow the body a few minutes to adapt before beginning any sort of labor. Taking frequent breaks to have something warm to drink is a good way to maintain the core temperature as well.
Employees that help unload delivery trucks and take inventory in the walk-in cooler are most at risk for hypothermia and other cold-related illnesses. Learn what employees and managers can do to protect themselves when working with excessive cold.