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
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.
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.
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
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.
SHAPING THE COLD CHAIN OF THE FUTURE: THE ROAD TO NET ZERO
Launched in October 2020, our Net Zero Project is aimed at bringing our industry together; to define what we mean by a net zero cold chain; and to work together to identify, plan and transition to a more efficient and lower emission cold chain of the future. As part of the Project, we aim to release five documents, alongside special events and briefings to demonstrate how we can work together with Government and other stakeholders to contribute to the UK’s decarbonisation goals:
- Part One: Shaping the Cold Chain of the Future: The Road to Net Zero (download below).
- Part Two: Defining a Net Zero Cold Chain (download below).
- Part Three: The Journey Towards Emission Free Temperature-controlled Distribution on Road Vehicles (download below).
- Part Four: The Cold Store of the Future (coming soon).
- Part Five: The Future Cold Chain Ecosystem (coming soon).
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.
SHAPING THE COLD CHAIN OF THE FUTURE: THE ROAD TO NET ZERO (PART TWO - DEFINING A NET ZERO COLD CHAIN)
Although businesses operating the cold chain are committed to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other pollutants in line with UK Government targets, we are not as yet in a position to estimate the extent to which we can reach net zero by 2050 and to set our own firm targets. The guide sets out why it is imperative to determine the carbon footprint of the cold chain, and also the Cold Chain Federation’s commitment to not only support members to assess their own emissions, but to also support recently announced academic studies to assess the total emissions from the UK cold chain.
SHAPING THE COLD CHAIN OF THE FUTURE: THE ROAD TO NET ZERO (PART THREE - THE JOURNEY TO EMISSION FREE TEMPERATURE-CONTROLLED REFRIGERATION ON ROAD VEHICLES)
The Journey Towards Emission Free Temperature-controlled Distribution on Road Vehicles is our vision for how transport refrigeration units (TRUs) can transition away from diesel, to emission free alternatives in line with the UK’s decarbonisation and air quality targets. It sets out our view on the technological outlook for TRUs, how operators and manufacturers will adapt to drive down emissions and finally the financial, infrastructural and regulatory support which will be required to enable us to meet our ambitious targets.
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.
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.
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.
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.