Since the advent of the Corona virus, sneeze guards have become the norm in to create a barrier between employees and those servicing the general public in their workplace. The concept of using a clear barrier for sanitary reasons is not new. Sneeze guards started as clear protective partitions over salad bars or buffet stations and were required by the FDA for food establishments for food sanitary reasons.
Now we are seeing that these barriers are an effective defense for the Corona Virus and are now commonplace in office cubicles, at checkout counters in stores and restaurants, in doctors’ offices – everywhere people are interacting face-to-face. In combination with appropriate procedures, sneeze guards can provide a valuable tool to limit spreading germs.
Where Are Sneeze Guards Used?
These defensive barriers are ideal for any business where regular human contact is commonplace.
- Restaurants and cafes. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandates and monitors the use of sneeze guards in businesses that sell and serve food.
- Grocery and convenience stores. When paying for items at a checkout counter, this added layer of protection minimizes contamination and shows customers and staff you care about their well-being.
- Banks and doctors’ offices. Many places of business require continual one-on-one interaction between employees and customers. A sneeze guard provides a physical barrier for added security and hygiene.
- Open-office work environments. Knocking down walls may break down communication barriers, but it also means co-workers are more exposed to one another. Transparent office partitions add a measure of security without disrupting the flow of business.
There are all types of guards available as well as custom fabricated guards to meet special configurations to provide better protection. Whether you need a portable sneeze guard for a desktop or a more substantial barrier to mount or hang, you’ll find styles for every use. Most sneeze guard are produced with acrylic, which offers a tough, highly transparent finish for a clear line of vision. You’ll also find polycarbonate and plastic sneeze guards that are more resilient than acrylic but tend to scratch more easily. Frames and stands come in a range of attractive metal or wood finishes.
Sneeze guards come in many different sizes and shapes. From a smaller 23″x15″ countertop sneeze guard to a 24″x72″ privacy screen for a workspace, you’ll find a size and a shape for every situation. Some designs even feature a pass-thru window to make customer transactions easy. We are starting to see guards that are retractable and portable for temporary setups.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses to evaluate and step up their sanitation practices. This isn’t just about regular hand-washing. Putting physical barriers and guards in place to prevent the spread of germs in sensitive areas is also a must. In a rapidly changing environment, businesses need solutions to help ensure the protection of both customers and employees. And you need those solutions right away. Luckily, Paramount Signs is committed to providing you with solutions to help partition and contain your environment quickly. From retail and customer service counters to manufacturing production floors, a wide array of businesses could benefit from these social distance barriers and similar solutions. Whether a standard configuration fits your needs or you require a custom fabricated design to meet special needs, we are here to help you provide the safest environment for your operation.
Installing these barriers is quick and easy, with freestanding, hanging, and simple screw or double-sided tape installation options, so you can get them set up and start protecting your employees and customers quickly — a feature that’s especially important during an ongoing public health crisis. Additionally, the barrier installs right over your existing countertop. And you can easily fit it between registers, or you can use multiple pieces of material to create a longer partition that fits over multiple workstations.
If your needs go beyond the ready-made materials that we have available today, just tell our team about your specific requirements. We’re always happy to help design a solution that helps protect your employees and patrons, no matter your current layout or unique needs.
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