From:                              Idealease <davehelge@idealease.com>

Sent:                               Friday, August 15, 2014 3:35 PM

To:                                   mchapman@tricotruck.com

Subject:                          Idealease Safety Bulletin - Refrigeration Safety

 

 

Idealease Safety Bulletin

 

 

SAFETY BULLETIN

 

 

Brought to you by Idealsafe | 847-304-3190 | www.idealease.com

 

 

 

 The Food Safety and Modernization Act 

 

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination, to preventing it. 


According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases.

The FSMA established requirements for the design and maintenance of vehicles to ensure that it doesn't cause food contamination. It also requires measures be taken during transportation to ensure food is not contaminated, such as adequate temperature controls and separation of food from non-food items in the same load. And, it specifies procedures for cleaning of transportation equipment, and temperature control among the shipper, carrier,
and receiver.
 

Maintaining Temperatures


 The primary reason loads are rejected is for temperature variances that are either too warm or too cool.  The cost of not maintaining the appropriate temperature of the load goes beyond the cost of the load itself.  There are less obvious impacts to our 
customers' business, including the time it takes to check a load, inspecting it to see if it is salvageable, the time it takes to unload the truck and the delay getting the replacement shipment to their customers.  But the biggest cost is the affect on the relationship with their truck leasing company, which could cause the leasing company to lose the account.  Idealease is a company that measures its success by the number of our trucks on the road, successfully helping our customers meet the demands of their customers.  Proper maintenance of the truck and the reefer unit will ensure our PM Currency is where is should be, continuing to provide the high level of service that our customers have come to expect.

 

Transport Refrigeration Training


The primary reason loads are rejected is for temperature variances that are either too warm or too cool.  The cost of not maintaining the appropriate temperature of the load goes beyond the cost of the load itself.  There are less obvious impacts to our customers' business, including the time it takes to check a load, inspecting it to see if it is salvageable, the time it takes to unload the truck and the delay getting the replacement shipment to their customers.  But the biggest cost is the affect on the relationship with their truck leasing company, which could cause the leasing company to lose the account.  Idealease is a company that measures its success by the number of our trucks on the road, successfully helping our customers meet the demands of their customers.  Proper maintenance of the truck and the reefer unit will ensure our PM Currency is where is should be, continuing to provide the high level of service that our customers have come to expect.

 

10 Steps to Successful Temperature Controlled Transit

Current data shows that 22% of all refrigerated loads are lost because of improper loading of the truck box or trailer. To prevent this, customers should follow these ten steps to successful temperature controlled transit:

  1. Keep inside of the truck box or trailer free of shrink wrap and debris
  2. Inspect the walls, ceiling, door seals and strip curtain condition
  3. Before loading product, pre-cool the box until appropriate temperature setpoint has been reached
  4. Switch off the unit before loading product
  5. Load at the correct temperature and in the correct manner (allowing airflow around all sides)
  6. Do not load the product directly in front of the evaporator air outlet as this will block airflow
  7. Leave a minimum of 9" between the top of the load and the ceiling and 4" from walls and doors
  8. Close doors when loading is complete, and start the unit
  9. Verify correct box temperature setpoint
  10. During delivery, turn off the unit while doors are open



 

Transport Refrigeration Service Training

To date, over 50% of all Idealease technicians are trained in the proper care of refrigerated transportation equipment. These technicians have completed the most comprehensive technician training program in the industry, with courses that enhance their technical knowledge of transport refrigeration technology, electrical systems, and microprocessor controls.

While emphasis is on the importance of preventive maintenance of refrigerated fleets, these technicians also receive training in the latest tools and techniques of transport refrigeration diagnostics and repair.

 

Refrigerant Handling Certification

Technician certification for refrigerant handling is not only a government requirement for those servicing transport refrigeration, it is also an Idealease commitment to help our personnel prepare for and complete the government certification process.


Once certified, our technicians are able to maintain, service, and repair all transport refrigeration concerns in a safe, and responsible manner. Keeping our technicians up to date on changing government regulations and the latest in service technology keeps our refrigerated fleet on the road, providing the temperature controlled solution that our customers have come to expect from Idealease.

 

 

August 15, 2014

 

 

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The Idealease Safety Bulletin is provided for Idealease affiliates and their customers and is not to be construed as a complete or exhaustive source of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements, or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or governing body, or industry standards.

 

 

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