Published 22nd July 2020 by Sheet Plastics

How to Protect Your Employees with Acrylic Plastic Sheets

Whether you’re looking for ways to protect your business, employees or the general public following the COVID-19 pandemic or you’re looking for a more long-term solution to protecting your employees from theft or other harm, acrylic plastic sheets can be used in a variety of different ways.

We have recently received a huge spike in orders for our acrylic plastic sheets as demand for sheets increases due to health safety reasons and even for home design projects.

If you’re looking for ways to protect your employees, this guide explains exactly how you can, with the use of acrylic plastic sheets from Sheet Plastics.

PPE Face Visors

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used in hospitals and many other workplaces to protect employees from viruses and infections. As our 2mm acrylic sheets can be cut, bent and shaped to any requirements, they can be used as a visor for a face shield, which will cover the entire face whilst still providing visibility for the wearer.

Face shields are typically worn in the medical industry but have recently been used throughout hospitals to protect nurses, doctors and health workers against the coronavirus. They provide full-face protection against airborne viruses by covering vulnerable areas, such as the eyes, nose, mouth and skin.

Sneeze Guards

Also known as screen guards, we have seen many employers already using acrylic plastic sheets as sneeze guards to create separate workspaces and reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace.

These acrylic screen guards provide protection to shield and divide consumers and colleagues from the risks of catching the virus via droplets in the air. They allow customers to access a card machine through a slot in the screen, and for some retailers, even pass products through to shop staff to allow them to scan each product. Not only are these screens found in supermarkets, but they’re also found in many retail stores, pubs, restaurants and cafes. 

This was introduced to supermarkets early on in April to protect shop assistants when serving customers. This has since been rolled out to thousands of businesses in other industries, not just in the UK, but around the world.

As a plastic products supplier, our acrylic plastic sheets can be cut to size, meaning that the plastic screens we stock can be cut according to your exact requirements. 

Having these protective screen guards in place has meant that businesses have been able to operate throughout the lockdown and for some, reopen to the public with health and safety in mind when otherwise, they would be unable to reopen until restrictions were further eased.

Bank Screens

These plastic screens are not only useful with reducing the transmission of COVID-19, but they can also be used to protect cashiers from thieves attempting to steal money. These screens have been used for many years and are most commonly seen in banks or post offices where large amounts of cash are handled by the cashiers.

These screens provide the ultimate protection to keep cashiers safe and money protected from being stolen. It also means that those who are unauthorised are unable to reach company belongings by creating a separation barrier. 

Machinery Safety

When manual workers use machinery on a regular basis, they must be required to wear eye protection to prevent sawdust and material particles from entering their mouth whilst using the machinery. As an example, manual workers who may use a pillar drill to cut wood have a potential risk of having their hand or clothing caught in the drill, regardless of how much experience or training they may have had.

This is why a chuck guard (made from acrylic plastic) is used to protect the operator from entanglement, chips or dust. A chuck guard must be made from clear acrylic plastic to provide good visibility of the machinery, whilst it strengthens health and safety procedures to protect operators and manual workers from being harmed.

We’re Here To Help

There are many ways in which acrylic plastic sheets can protect your employees in their workplace, particularly as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.  

You can order acrylic plastic sheets which are cut-to-size to be the perfect match. With our price match guarantee, you can feel confident in finding acrylic plastic sheets at the best price.

All of our friendly team at Sheet Plastics will be happy to help you choose from our range of acrylic sheets. For further details or to discuss your specific requirements, please get in touch. Call us on 01455 501 621 or email generalenquiries@sheetplastics.co.uk