The Safety Regulation for Refrigerating Plants and Facilities establishes a series of regulations that contribute to enhance and reinforce safety in this type of facilities, generally intended to provide cold and air conditioning services in order to satisfy the hygrothermal conditions required in industrial processes. Also, the hygienic, health and welfare requirements that must be met in the buildings in which this equipment are mounted. One of these guidelines indicates under what circumstances glazed areas have to be mounted in cold stores.
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When is the installation of glazed areas in cold rooms mandatory?
Laws reflect that the use of glazing in this type of enclosures must be used in facilities where usually any person has to perform any kind of work that forces them to remain for a certain time inside the enclosure.
Therefore, the mandatory placement of crystals in these refrigeration chambers will depend on the use that will be made of the same.
In any case, a refrigeration installation with glazed spaces must ensure adequate thermal insulation in them, which prevents the proper functioning of these refrigeration systems being jeopardized. In this sense, it is advisable to place a double glazing that can prevent thermal leaks by up to 40 percent.
In order not to generate problems or reduce the performance of these cold rooms, an appropriate calculation must be made when installing these glazed areas. In addition to thermal losses, another setback that must be overcome is that of condensation. In the same way, it is advisable to control the humidity in the rooms adjacent to that of the refrigeration installation already mentioned.
What kind of cameras required the glass placement?
In general, the cold stores that force the placement of glass are usually, mainly, those in which it is necessary to show the merchandise that is preserved inside. With this, it is possible to locate the product that is sought prior to opening the chamber, which considerably reduces the time in which it is to remain open and, therefore, the risk of that thermal losses occur and the rest of the conserved merchandise can be damaged.
In the market you can find very different models of this type of facilities, depending on the measures, the capacity, if its function is that of the freezing or preservation of the products, whether or not they have refrigeration equipment, shelves or subsequent access, according to the number of glass doors and the type of glazing, etc.
The importance of guaranteeing a proper energy consumption
Another of the main purposes pursued by the Safety Regulation for Refrigeration Plants and Installations is to guarantee compliance with the environmental and energy objectives established by the European Union’s policies in this area. In this sense, these refrigeration solutions must ensure not only the proper maintenance of the products in the best conditions, but also a rational energy consumption and a control of the emissions of substances that may cause the known greenhouse effect or wear of the ozone layer.
How to clean a correct cooling chamber?
Industrial refrigeration equipment requires periodic maintenance that is important to carry out to guarantee its performance in the medium and long term. Especially the cleaning, a fundamental task with which you must fulfill in a methodical way. Mainly, because the proliferation of microorganisms on those surfaces where food is stored is unquestionable, although they are usually subjected to very low temperatures. Therefore, cleaning a cold store is a mandatory process to ensure food health and hygiene, which must be carried out following a series of guidelines that we will talk about in the development of this article.
Clean a refrigerator chamber: cleaning and disinfection, step by step
To guarantee the efficiency of this arduous but necessary activity, it is important to put into operation a control mechanism that will help us to be clear about what we have to do at all times, as well as what has been done before. In this sense from PR Cool Stores, where we have drawn a trajectory that supports us for many years in the sector, we suggest you follow this step by step:
- Establish an internal review system and an action plan
Order and periodicity are two fundamental factors. Cleaning a cold store is a task that must be carried out with special care. It would be a mistake to leave loose ends because we would be exposed to the fact that the cleaning fell into oblivion, with the consequent risks that could arise from such negligence.
In this sense, it is important to design a calendar in which all the important information in this regard is recorded: the date of the last time this task was carried out, that of the next occasion on which it would be time to start it again, the products that were used to carry out this work, the person in charge of carrying it out and the workers in charge of it, the possible incidents, the order of action to be followed, and so on.
- Choose the right products for each function and the indicated dress
Although it may seem a minor matter, the truth is that selecting the right cleaning products for each function to be performed and for each element on which we are going to act is an extremely important issue.
Keep in mind that these refrigeration equipment pieces are used to store food, so it is vital to pay close attention to the composition of the products we are going to use and make sure that they do not include any elements that may be toxic.
Use the material indicated for each device and thus you will be contributing to prolong its useful life and avoid possible breakdowns. Also, you should ensure that employees use the recommended clothing for this type of work to ensure their safety. Above all, that it is made of insulating material to avoid the possible damage that it can cause to be subjected to low temperatures for prolonged periods of time.
- Mark an order of procedure and don’t forget any corner
Cleaning of this kind of facility requires an order of procedure. An order that must be followed closely. Always start in the same area and follow the instructions outlined in the action plan. This way it will be easier for you to not forget any corner without cleaning or disinfecting.
You should not improvise when performing this job. It is advisable to start by removing the frost and remove the water without using aggressive methods. Disinfection is essential, and in this sense, ozone is the best disinfectant and deodoriser that exists.
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