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The COVID-19 pandemic is causing businesses to take extra precautions for the well-being of employees and customers. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that employers should have a COVID-19 health and safety plan to protect employees that includes placing barriers (e.g., sneeze guard) between employees and customers and employees working in close proximity.
GermBlock cough and sneeze guards limit the spread of airborne droplets resulting from coughing, sneezing or speaking from reaching a nearby person, therefore helping to mitigate possible COVID-19 infection.
Check out this VIDEO from the Florida Atlantic University on the distance a cough can travel (up to 12 feet). GermBlock shields are designed to stop this type of dangerous aerosol spread. Read our BLOG to learn more about preventing the spread of COVID-19 with cough and sneeze shields.
Constructed of heavy-duty clear 3/16″ polycarbonate and 16-gauge 304 stainless steel ¾” framing with full penetration welds, the panels are immediately available in standard versions including table top, floor mount and extended-leg versions in popular sizes. To ensure shield stability, floor mount shields include foot plates with gussets and tabletop shields include front and side mounting brackets. Custom shields are also available, which include a broad array of size and mounting options, as well as casters.
Although polycarbonate is half the weight of standard glass, it provides 250 times the impact resistance, whereas acrylic provides only 17 times the impact resistance. Polycarbonate is non-flammable, highly resistant to chemicals, can be drilled without cracking, and can be exposed to high temperatures. Additionally, polycarbonate allows access to natural light and shields out harmful ultraviolet rays. The stainless-steel frame allows the shields to be washed down and sterilized per the CDC’s recommendation for frequent cleaning. The full penetration welds eliminate gaps or cracks that prevent bacterial build up.
There are three models of GermBlock shields: floor mount, tabletop and tabletop with extended legs (18″ extension) options. Dimensions are shown in the DIMENSIONS tab above.
There are two types of GermBlock cough and sneeze shields depending upon the application: standard and clean-room options. Both are available in the same sizes, but the clean-room version features a 1/4″ gap in between the polycarbonate and the stainless-steel frame, allowing for deeper cleaning around the edges and in corners.
For industrial settings such as factories, warehouses and assembly lines, GermBlock cough and sneeze protective barriers can be placed in between employees standing or sitting in close proximity at work stations.
GermBlock shields can be installed between office cubicles to build and extend the wall height between workers for physical distancing, as well as insulate against noise to create a quieter workspace and block damaging ultraviolet rays to prevent interior decor from fading.
CLEAN ROOM USE
GermBlock shields meet the USDA and FDA standards for clean-room compatibility, including a 1/4” poly-to-frame gap construction for superior cleaning access and a corrosion-resistant stainless-steel frame with full penetration welds allows the shields to be washed down frequently with hot water, cleaning solutions and high-pressure sprays.
CUSTOMER DESK USE
GermBlock shields install easily and securely at customer counters, cashier stations, deli counters, pharmacies, fuel centers and more to protect employees and customers while completing face-to-face transactions. As the economy re-opens, GermBlock shields are ideal for any other high-traffic areas such as bank teller stations, coffee shops, hotel reception desks, and take-out/pick-up locations.
GermBlock shields can be cleaned with surface and sterile wipes, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, and dish-washing soap solution, all of which are cleaning agents specifically recommended by the CDC in the fight against the human coronavirus. Use a pourous cloth or sponge to clean. Cleaning instructions are shown in the CLEANING tab above.
Do not use Clorox bleach, bleach- or quaternary ammonium-based broad spectrum cleaners, or Lysol disinfectant spray as they will cause the poly to become brittle.
Rockford Systems provides replacement panels for all shapes and sizes. Pre-drilled holes allow your organization to quickly and easily swap out an older shield with a new shield in a matter of minutes. Although due to the inherent strength of the poly, most organizations will never need to replace the panels.
Rockford Systems can provide organizations with a full turnkey solution, whereby specialists will visit customer locations to recommend standardized or customized GermBlock shields, take measurements, and expedite fulfillment for a comprehensive airborne protection program. Rockford Systems will install GermBlock shields onsite, plus provide employee training on proper use and care.
Please visit https://www.rockfordsystems.com/covid-19/ to learn more about the Rockford Systems COVID-19 response.
GermBlock Shields can also be made for customized applications, featuring different size, mounting and caster options, as well as the potential to use different gauge poly and framing materials. Our midwestern manufacturing capabilities offers an umlimited range of potential solutions.
STANDARD PRODUCT SIZES AND PRICES
GermBlock Shields are available in the popular standard sizes below for expedited shipping.
FS = Floor Standing (Floor Mount)
TT = Table Top
EX = Extended Leg
CR = Clean Room Version (featuring a 1/4″ gap in between the poly and frame for superior cleaning access)