If you work in a meat processing and packing plant, you undoubtedly have freezers and coolers full of meat. The meat has to be refrigerated and almost frozen while it waits to be cut up, trimmed and ground up for packaging. If your plant is so hot that you and other employees are ducking into the freezers just to cool off, you need to address this problem with your immediate supervisor.
The air conditioning in a meat packing and processing plant is a necessity, not a comfort choice. Here is why the air conditioning should be running at all times.
Meat Being Processed Cannot Be Processed in Hot Air Environments
Freshly-butchered and cut meat cannot be in a hot environment while it is being processed. While most of the employees are quick to return meat to coolers and freezers, any meat that is accidentally left out will spoil very quickly. Having a very cool and almost refrigerated environment within the plant helps reduce accidental spoilage of the meat, which is one of the biggest reasons why air conditioning repair and maintenance are vital to this business.
Employees Are Wearing a Lot of Heavy Gear That Makes Them Sweat
Employees in a meat packing and processing plant have to wear a lot of protective gear (e.g., rubber boots, coveralls, aprons and/or butcher's coats, etc.) to keep the blood and whatnot off of their clothes. As a result, they need to be kept cool so that they are not sweating so heavily that they pass out, drip sweat all over the meat, or become fatigued from the pace of the work and the heat in the plant that they make a mistake with cutting tools and injure themselves. The cooler the temperatures, the less the employees will sweat. The less they sweat, the less anyone has to worry about these issues.
Temperatures Outside the Freezers and Coolers Can Effect Their Efficiency
In addition to all of the above problems, a hot environment in a meat packing and processing plant can cause the freezers and coolers to work twice as hard to maintain the necessary temperatures inside. It is akin to opening your refrigerator door several times a day. The cool air inside the freezers and coolers escapes, and the hot air outside replaces the cool air inside these refrigeration units.
Efficiency drops significantly, and even more so every time the cooler or freezer doors are opened and their interiors are exposed to sweltering conditions in the plant. Because of the hot temperatures inside the plant, the coolers and freezers have to work harder to maintain their interior temperatures and protect the meat. By making sure your plant's air conditioning is running full blast and is keeping the plant at a very cool and comfortable temperature, your freezers and coolers do not have to work quite so hard.
To learn more about regulating temperatures in your meat packing plant, contact companies like GNL Heating and Cooling.