A common misconception is that Temperature Mapping of Storage Areas is required once however, this is not the case. The WHO, TGA, FDA and IATA CEIV Pharma require proof that a facility can maintain temperature all year round.
Additionally, Temperature mapping is performed to identify hot and cold positions for continuous monitoring.
Temperature Mapping of Storage Areas is required in both Summer and Winter conditions, and here’s why.
Systems cope differently in Summer v Winter. A system may be more effective in Winter as there is less heat load. In Summer, ambient temperatures can reach over +40.0°C putting an incredible load on the unit.
Hot v Cold Spots:
Throughout Summer, the product can be exposed in areas located on the north wall and near door openings. During Winter, the A/C’s warm air rises to the top of the warehouse thus you may experience hot spots. It is important to consider the locations of A/C vents, windows, skylights, roller doors and other additional heat/cool sources.
Employees can have portable heaters to keep warm during those colder months. Imagine the temperatures that Cold Chain Products would be exposed to with a desk heater where the shipper is being packed, yikes!
High stock levels can strain refrigeration units, especially in the winter flu season or when a new product is released. Incorrect setup of Cool Rooms can affect airflow creating hot and cold spots. Storing too much product in a room that isn’t rated for correct capacity can diminish the effectiveness of your Cool Room to operate.
We hope this has identified areas for improvement. CoolPac offers a range of Temperature Mapping solutions, from DIY kits (convenient during COVID-19 restrictions), to onsite mapping and full qualification of Storage Areas (IQ, PQ, OQ).
CoolPac will write and execute your Protocol and Final Report.
CoolPac is proudly owned and operated in Australia with a 20-year legacy as part of the local supply chain of Pre-Qualified Temperature Packaging Solutions along with Temperature Mapping of Storage Areas.
Wishing you the very best as you stay safe and healthy.