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GermBlock cough and sneeze shields help protect against spread of coronavirus


June 15, 2020
By Canadian Pizza

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Rockford Systems, an industrial safety company, has launched its GermBlock line of cough and sneeze shields to help protect employee health and safety in retail, commercial, industrial and clean-room settings.

GermBlock shields limit the spread of airborne droplets resulting from coughing, sneezing or speaking from reaching a nearby person, helping to mitigate possible COVID-19 infection.

Constructed of heavy-duty clear 3/16-inch polycarbonate and 16-gauge 304 stainless steel 3/4-inch framing with full penetration welds, the shields are offered in tabletop, floor-standing and extended-leg versions in popular sizes, Rockford Systems said in a press release. To ensure shield stability, all shields include foot plates with gussets, designed to affix to countertops or floors with front and side mounting options.

In addition, GermBlock shields are offered in standard and clean-room models in the same types and sizes. Custom shields are also available in several sizes, casters and mounting and material options.

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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 withstand high temperatures. Additionally, it 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation for frequent cleaning.

They can be cleaned with surface and sterile wipes, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, and dish-washing soap solutions, all of which are cleaning agents specifically recommended by the CDC in the fight against the human coronavirus.

GermBlock shields install easily and securely at cashier stations, deli counters, pharmacies, customer service and fuel centres to protect employees and customers while completing face-to-face transactions. As the economy reopens, they are ideal for any other high-traffic areas such as bank teller stations, coffee shops, hotel reception desks and take-out/pick-up locations, the company said.

For industrial settings such as factories, warehouses and assembly lines, GermBlock shields can be placed in between employees standing or sitting in close proximity at work stations.

The shields can be installed between office cubicles to extend the wall height between workers. In addition to extending physical distancing, GermBlock shields also provide other office space benefits, such as insulating against noise to create a quieter workspace and blocking against damaging ultraviolet rays to prevent interior decor from fading.

For clean settings such as food and beverage, medical and personal care product manufacturers, GermBlock shields are designed with a 1/4-inch poly-to-frame gap construction for superior cleaning access with materials intended to be clean-room compatible per USDA and FDA standards.

Company specialists are available to visit customer locations to recommend optimal shield solutions, take measurements, spec standard or custom solutions, install and train personnel on proper use and care.

rockfordsystems.com