What is personal protective equipment (PPE)? Well, it can mean a lot of things. This term can be used for gloves, eye protection and hard hats. As of late, PPE is being used for items like face shields and acrylic barriers.
PPE is Now Used in Many Industries
PPE is no longer only used in industries like manufacturing, construction and healthcare. Personal protective equipment is a term that has become the norm in the business world because of new operational regulations. Personal Protective Equipment is now needed for any retail store, restaurant, bar, salon, convenience store (and many more) that are open to the general public. If a business wants to run at any capacity, they must protect not only their customers, but their employees. Fortunately, it has been proven that properly using acrylic shields and safety barriers can keep a safe distance between workers and customers… allowing businesses to get back to interacting with customers in a safe and effective environment.
Implementing PPE at Your Business
The public has become more and more used to personal protective equipment as a new normal in how they interact with businesses, and utilizing proper PPE items has allowed people to get back out and go shopping, eat at a restaurant, go to a bar, get their haircut or run into a gas station for a quick snack. Not every business is the same, so there is no “one size fits all” PPE item. Making sure your PPE items fit your business and your specifications, and that they are being utilized properly, is extremely important. Personal protective equipment is made for exactly what the name says: to protect. If the PPE items you have don’t fit right or are not used properly, they are not protecting anyone.
The Many Styles of Safety Barriers
Luckily, there are many different styles of safety barriers:
- Hanging barriers,
- Stand-alone barriers
- Knock-down barriers
- Multi-purpose barriers
New employee training is also a key focal point for any business. If employees do not stay behind the safety barriers when interacting with a customer, then the safety barriers are not doing their job.
Not Every Business is the Same
When it comes to PPE’s, not every business is the same. The layout of your shop or store, the design of your counters, the distance you need between customers and employees, the number of PPE’s you require are all specific to your business. Fortunately, you can also find a custom fabricator (like Liberty Display Group) to help you design specific PPE items to fit your exact need.