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Keep Your Employees Safe with Protective Barriers

Jul 6, 2020 | Company News, Product News

Employee health and safety has always been a top priority in industrial environments. This culture is paying off as COVID-19 pandemic poses a new challenge to the workplaces. How we think through a hazard and develop control measures against it can be applied to the new situation. BOSTONtec supports our customers with a new line of protective barriers.

Where does the risk come from?

Based on the latest information published by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.  Transmission can also happen from infected people who show no symptoms yet or at all. With the community spread still ongoing, we have to assume that the co-workers, customers, or business partners we interact with closely could be potential carriers. It is not possible to remove the source of health risk in this case, but we can reduce the exposure to it.

What workplace control measures to implement?

Health and safety professionals have a toolbox to control workplace hazards. It includes engineering controls, administrative controls, safe work practices (a type of administrative control), and PPE. Engineering controls are most effective because they don’t rely on the change of worker behaviors.  We all know how deeply ingrained our habits are. It takes time and conscious efforts to form new ones. Engineering controls protect workers by physically isolating them from work-related hazards. In COVID-19 situation, they can prevent respiratory droplets from reaching the employees.

In Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 published in March 2020, OSHA recommends installing protective barriers, sneeze guards, and safety shields as one of the most cost-effective solutions to control the spread of the virus at workplaces. It can be used in combination with new policies and procedures as well as proper PPEs such as masks and gloves to minimize exposure to the virus.

How Do Social Distancing Dividers fit in?

BOSTONtec’s Social Distancing Dividers are steel frames with clear polycarbonate panels. They come in two sizes (72”h x 26”d x 36”w and 72”h x 26”d x 48”w) with leveler glides and optional casters. They provide an easy, economical, and effective solution to protect employees from exposure to communicable diseases when maintaining physical distance is not practical.  

  • Minimal disruption: they create separate individual work areas with little impact on the existing floor plan and work flow of an operation.
  • Versatility: simple design and mobility make them a good fit for industrial, commercial, retail, and office environments. They can be used as single separation walls between workstations or joined at corners to form an L-shaped enclosure, a u-shaped enclosure, and many more configurations as needed by specific applications.
  • Easy maintenance: polycarbonate panels show no finger prints. Both panels and frames can be disinfected easily.

Protective barriers offer the employees an extra layer of protection, but they shouldn’t provide a false sense of security. It is still very important to follow CDC’s guidelines on how to prevent the spread of the virus.

COVID-19 opens our eyes to new health and safety risks at the workplace. We continue to develop innovation solutions that will allow our customers to respond to new challenges quickly and effectively. Contact your BOSTONtec Sales representative to learn more about our protective barriers and how you can integrate them into your current work environment.

About the Author

Nina Neuschuetz
Nina Neuschuetz
As the Marketing Manager for BOSTONtec, Nina brings a wealth of experience with over 25 years of B2B marketing expertise in both the United States and Europe. Her tenure at BOSTONtec has been marked by a keen focus on ergonomics within the industrial market. Notably, she lead an ergonomic study in collaboration with the Ergonomics Center of North Carolina State University and developed comprehensive ergonomic guides for industrial and commercial workstation environments. Nina’s role extends to collaborating with customers and partners, guiding them through market trends and solutions tailored for the industry. She holds a post-graduate degree in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of Passau, Germany. Connect with Nina to explore ergonomic solutions and industry insights on her LinkedIn profile.
Yi Han
Yi Han
Yi Han is the Marketing Specialist at BOSTONtec. Through her years of collaboration with applications engineers, customer service specialists, and customers, she has cultivated a deep understanding of the transformative power of ergonomics and its applications across industrial, medical, and technical settings . Her primary focus is to inspire individuals and organizations to find the right workplace solutions that optimize productivity and prioritize overall well-being. Yi holds an MBA degree from the Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management at Northwood University in Michigan. Connect with her on LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest insights on workplace ergonomics.

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