Anybody work in a freezer?

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  1. Lokire

    Lokire

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    I work in a food distribution warehouse, part of which is a huge freezer. It's 10 to 20 degrees below zero on an average day. Pretty cold...:eek:

    If anyone has experience working in a freezer, or just being in an environment that cold, how do you keep your hands warm? Seems like no matter what I do, my hands always get frozen after a while. 3 different glove layers, along with multiple heat-packs. It just isn't enough. :meh:
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  3. iamlowsound

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    I work outside in the winter, which is as cold or colder than what you are in. The key isn't to wear glove, although that helps. Keep your body core warm, lots of layers, but make sure that you don't sweat. I recommend Tough Duck.

    lowsound
  4. Foxworthy925

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    My thoughts- try to keep moving ALL the time so that there's always a good constant blood flow to your hands. That always helps me.
  5. Thor

    Thor Thanks Andy Pyle for showing me the way. Supporting Member

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    I started my carrer in a freezer in Boston, I feel your pain.

    Actually, it was worse in summer, when you went outside to
    the roach coach, you would break a sweat and that was
    death.

    Which freezer you at, Seafreez, City Ice, Ranierport,
    Pier 91, Apex, or Bellingham. Commercial Mount Vernon?

    :)

    BTW, working in a freezer is a good entance to the fish biz. Pay attention to the pick
    slips on who stores there, and when you want to move up, apply at those
    companies. That way, they won't have to train you on the basics, you
    already know cases sizes, pallet configs, shipping, trucking issues and all
    that.

    It is a stepping stone to the next career.

    Trust me on this, I got my first job in the fish biz at 16
    in 1968. It ain't glamorous or sexy, but it has been a
    decent living and I put 2 kids through college with it.
  6. jon118

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    How long are you in the freezer for? I've had worked in conditions as cold (usually colder), but I was able to come out and warm up every couple of minutes. Of course I didn't even always have a jacket in there so that severely limited the time I could spend in there. Baking gloves, which serve the same purpose as oven mitts but in a glove form, work really well surprisingly. I guess they work even better when they're all that's around though.
  7. Lokire

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    My body core is plenty warm though. I mean, they provide us with pretty heavy duty overcoats and pants designed as 'freezerwear'. Long-sleeve shirt + thick sweatshirt + my own fairly heavy coat + the freezer overcoat. My body is toasty :smug:

    It's in Bellevue, for Amazon's grochery delivery service. Part of an old Safeway warehouse.

    Depends. Because of my current position, I'm usually only in there for about a half-hour twice a day. Sometimes up to two hours at a time though.
  8. Lokire

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    Thanks for the tip, but I'm already in a very, very good position with my current job. It isn't primarily freezer work, that's just a small part of what I do.
  9. Georynn

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    I work in a server room kept at near freezing... does that count?
  10. Lokire

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    No. No it doesn't. Drop the temp about 50 degrees and then we can talk :p
  11. Thor

    Thor Thanks Andy Pyle for showing me the way. Supporting Member

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    Ok, I worked 8 hours + a day at -12. My hands never bothered me , but my feet, yikes.

    At that time I worked at Icelandic (aka Coldwater Seafood)
    in Everett MA. They just recently sold the feezer to Preferred
    Cs of NJ, which doubled it in size. Great location, Boston Harbor
    pier frontage, container unloading and truck and rail
    access. Best of all worlds.

    Good stuff.

    C'mon man, 2 1/2 hrs sesssions a day ain't nuthin'.
    Man up. You actually need a freezer jacket for a half hour?
    :eyebrow::smug: :p
  12. Lokire

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    Well, it doesn't help that I have virtually NO body fat :p ;)
  13. Thor

    Thor Thanks Andy Pyle for showing me the way. Supporting Member

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    Bassplayer, no body fat, this seems so contradictory
    somehow.

    Ok, we''ll move on ...

    [​IMG]
  14. Lokire

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    I know, it's crazy :D
  15. DudeistMonk

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    Man I love walking down the server room hallway during the summer...you IT dudes get the best AC.
  16. standupright

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    possible to wear full hand mittens instead of gloves? i don't know what you are moving or how you have to grab what......but if you can keep the majority of your fingers together, it will greatly improve the amount of residual warmth to your hands.
  17. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

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    Are you wearing a hat? A good touque will really help keep you warm.
  18. Slapp Addict

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    You know, they say many layers of mittens and socks is a bad idea, since they dont really produce heat, and its true -.-.

    I snowmobile, 20* weather with a -10* wind drift at 75+ MPH, THATS cold. even with hand warmers on the handle bars, i would still freeze my nails off.

    i found the solution!

    those thin knitted mittens, the hand ones that u can almost see threw.
    from walmart. and since you dont use handle bars for heat ;) use a hand warmer, i have tried it like that and it worked GREAT, **** i even took my gloves off when we would stop. try it, i know you will like it.
  19. Tsal

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    The worst thing you can do is to have wet gloves, so a good solution is gloves that don't suck in water, and something that prevents your hands getting moist from sweat, like thin internal gloves you can change once in a while. Keep your core and your head warm, and if you feel like your throat doesn't like the cold air, check out the breath warmers made for winter sports like Psolar.

    However, if your hands are cold, it's a sign that you don't work hard enough to keep your body producing enough heat. The most efficient way to get warm was teached to us at the Finnish army winter camp in arctic Lapland, during which we were tenting in sub-zero temperatures for two weeks. Simply, take a couple minutes to do upright wrestling with your workmate, and you'll be warmed up in no time. If you are alone, do some squats and pushups to get the blood flowing.
  20. Stanley Design

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    Neoprene gloves. They are completely waterproof and keep 90% of your body heat inside. You'll have stinky sweaty hands when you take those gloves off.

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