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What Clothing Do I Need for Cold Storage Warehouse Work?

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Cold storage warehouse workers are responsible for handling shipments of food and drink that are kept at low temperatures to prevent spoilage. Warehouse workers receive shipments from refrigerated trucks and load them by lift truck or hand into cold warehouses. Because of their constant exposure to frigid temperatures, cold storage warehouse workers must wear insulated clothing for protection.

Heavy Jackets and Coats

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As a cold storage worker, you'll need a heavy jacket or coat lined with insulation to keep you warm during shifts. Outerwear should also provide protection against outside elements such as rain, sleet and snow. Your jacket or coat should have thick, woolen collars to provide additional warmth for your face and large pockets that allow you to store tools and paperwork needed for your job.

Headgear and Gloves

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Headgear helps prevent heat from escaping through your head. Select a coat or a jacket with an attached hood or buy watch caps made from wool and cashmere. Some beanies and caps are made from insulated lining material that is designed to both retain body heat and pull sweat to the exterior of the material for easy evaporation. To protect your hands, wear insulated foam gloves with a polyester shell and specialized grips on the palms and fingers to make it easier to move boxes and pallets.

Freezer Coveralls and Undergarments

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A freezer coverall is a one-piece clothing item that provides warmth against subzero temperatures. It's usually made with insulated arms, legs and pockets. The outer shell is water resistant and tear resistant and sealed against the wind. Freezer coveralls are bulkier than regular-use coveralls but won't restrict your movement. Thermal underwear can add to this protection. Long-sleeved thermal undershirts and ankle-length underwear made from cotton and polyester blend retain heat and help wick sweat away from the body.


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To keep your legs warm and the blood in your feet circulating, you need several pairs of woolen socks that are long enough to cover your shins. Reinforced toes and heels will add comfort. You can pair these socks with a sturdy pair of waterproof, insulated work boots with comfort insoles. The most heat-efficient work boots are made from synthetic leather and nylon with rubber soles for strong gripping action. Some cold-weather work boots also feature fleece collars for additional warmth.