I have started volunteering at a food distribution unit but I an concerned I may be sensitive to the chemicals used in the refrigerant? has anyone else experienced as something similar.
I am sensitive to chemicals such as smoke ans air pollution.
Thanks in advance for anyone's thoughts
How are you coming in contact with the refrigerant?
well there is a large warehouse chilled to 2-3 degrees, (i,e the whole building), so I enter and leave the refrigerated warehouse to move boxes onto trolleys/vans. I guess it's chilled by some sort of air pump, so cold air is fed into the warehouse to keep cool, and I think I am sensitive to this cold air.
For example I have never had a problem with fridge/freezers but then I have never been inside only for long periods of time until now.
There will be a chiller plant (just like in a domestic fridge) outside the cold room and there will be a heat exchanger (like a cold radiator) inside that the 'warm' air blows over to make it cold - you do not come in contact with any refigerant - that is external and in a sealed system.
Are you sure it's not just the air temperature that is affecting you - also, cold air is very dry (why your lips dry out in winter) so there's that aspect too.
It is exactly the same as walking out your front door on a really cold day.
Yep, this is what I thought also, I am definitely not affected by the temperature.
Maybe its the other people that smoke, I try to stay out of contact with them, but I think maybe were I work and were people smoke is in a similar place, so the chemicals linger if this makes sense.
It's probably the dryness - it will stimulate all of your airways.