The Cold Chain Federation has produced a suite of publications ranging from a general overview about the cold chain to specific industry guidance.

RECOMMENDED TERMS & CONDITIONS

STORAGE & DISTRIBUTION

STORAGE ONLY

DISTRIBUTION ONLY

In June 2020, the Federation reviewed and updated our industry terms and conditions. Developed over many years these are the best bespoke contractual terms to use if you provide temperature controlled storage or distribution services.

We have also produced an EXPLANATORY NOTES document that explains how to use the documents – the notes refer specifically to (v2.0) but is also a useful reference point for the other versions. Please note in particular the guidance on how to incorporate the T’s & C’s into your new and existing business.


OUR GUIDES

KEEPING PROPLE SAFE IN A COLD STORE

Whilst many organisations provide general guidance on managing health and safety in the workplace, this guide identifies the key health and safety hazards in a typical cold storage workplace – it is not an exhaustive guide to all health and safety risks and businesses should ensure they are fully aware of all the health and safety risks specific to their operation. Where more general guidance is available from other trusted organisations, links to these are provided throughout.

This guidance has been designed to be accessible to all employees in a cold storage business, from a warehouse operative to senior managers, however its primary audience are those individuals responsible for ensuring health and safety compliance. To aid this, key legislation is clearly highlighted in each section where appropriate.

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KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE IN A COLD STORE

This guidance has been designed to be accessible to all employees in a cold storage business, from a warehouse operative to senior managers, however its primary audience are those individuals responsible for ensuring health and safety compliance.


ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN COLD STORES – A PRACTICAL GUIDE

is our definitive guide to operators of temperature-controlled facilities. Detailing everything from how to create an energy strategy, the specific operational changes and investments which can be made to reduce energy use, as well as how to bring about cultural change in your business to support the energy agenda and an assessment of available options for renewable energy, the guide is your one stop shop for reducing your energy bills.

To aid the value you get from ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN COLD STORES, we have worked with our partners at SafetyCulture to design an iAuditor familiarisation checklist of the key recommendations in the guide. Completion of the checklist will provide a bespoke energy efficiency action plan for your business.

For more information and to access iAuditor and the Energy Efficiency Guide template, please visit our dedicated page.

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN COLD STORES: A PRACTICAL GUIDE


OTHER PUBLICATIONS

SHAPING THE COLD CHAIN OF THE FUTURE: THE ROAD TO NET ZERO (PART ONE – SETTING THE SCENE)

We are working to bring our industry together, to define what we mean by a net zero cold chain and to ask ourselves where the gaps are in our knowledge and where the potential is for collaboration.

This paper starts the conversation and is the basis for engagement within and outside our industry.

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SHAPING THE COLD CHAIN OF THE FUTURE: THE ROAD TO NET ZERO (PART ONE - SETTING THE SCENE)

This document is the basis for the Cold Chain Federation's engagement within and outside our industry; to define what we mean by a net zero cold chain and to ask ourselves where the gaps are in our knowledge and where the potential is for collaboration.


UK COLD STORAGE SECTOR

Cold Chain Federation intends to be the impartial knowledge centre for cold chain in the UK. We are investing in unique and impartial data and insight to help those within, and outside our industry to have a better shared understanding of the size, scale, trends and value of temperature-controlled logistics in the UK.

We are grateful to partner with Savills, whose expertise in industrial logistics is without question. This report is the start of a partnership that will see us build our knowledge about the existing cold storage estate, its strengths and weaknesses and the opportunities it presents for investors, operators and customers.

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UK COLD STORAGE SECTOR

We are grateful to partner with Savills ,whose expertise in industrial logistics is without question. This report is the start of a partnership that will see us build our knowledge about the existing cold storage estate, its strengths and weaknesses and the opportunities it presents for investors, operators and customers.


THE COLD CHAIN

The cold chain is a network of specialist facilities and vehicles that store perishable goods in a secure temperature controlled environment. Cold chain exists at every stage of the supply chain from the point of production, through to manufacturing and storage and ultimately on to retail or catering establishments and people’s homes.

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2020 ANNUAL REVEIW

2020 has been a tough year for many of us. As a Federation we provided a link to our members for all advice coming out of government and a platform for them to share best practice in what has been extraordinary times. Our events programme had to be quickly converted to online formats and grew from Covid-19 briefings to a full blown conference, broadcast over an entire month, filled with interviews, live workshops and great discussion groups. Read all about this and more in our Annual Review.

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PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

The following guides are available upon request. Please click on the link below to request your copy.

SAFE MANAGEMENT OF AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS

The Cold Chain Federation has published a suite of guidance in relation to the safe management and operation of ammonia refrigeration systems, including a guide to using all the documents and and advice note from our Primary Authority.

  • Safe Management of Ammonia Refrigeration Systems
  • Process Safety Management (PSM) for Ammonia Refrigeration Systems
  • Hazardous Area Classification of Ammonia Refrigeration Systems in Compliance with DSEAR 2002

We recommend that they are all used in conjunction with one another.


LIFT TRUCK DRIVER TRAINING AND SUPERVISION IN TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENTS

Lift trucks are widely used throughout industry for moving materials and goods, but they are reported to be involved in about a quarter of all workplace transport accidents. The deaths and injuries caused can ruin lives and businesses. Even when an incident does not cause injury, it can still mean costly damage to lift trucks, buildings, fittings and goods.

The Cold Chain Federation recommends businesses that operate lift trucks in cold stores ensure their lift truck driver and supervisor training includes procedures on the specific hazards associated with operating a lift truck within this type of environment.


A GUIDE FOR THE PREVENTION, DETECTION AND MANAGEMENT OF INCIDENTS INVOLVING CLANDESTINE TRAVELLERS ON VEHICLES TRANSPORTING FOOD INTO THE UK

This industry guide provides food business operators (FBOs) with practical advice on how to comply with food safety legislation and related requirements when managing incidents arising from evidence of clandestine travellers (stowaways) entering the United Kingdom (UK) in food vehicle loads.