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Hygiene Screens for Social Distancing in the Office

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22/09/2021

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Hygiene Screens for Social Distancing in the Office

Since the first cases of Coronavirus appeared in the UK, we’ve adapted to life living with lockdown rules and social distancing measures. With the rapid response of the scientific and medical communities, here in the UK we have a high percentage of the population who have now had two vaccine doses, meaning that, at present, regulations are minimal and our economy has reopened while case numbers are under control. But what does this mean for the changes we’ve made to our workplaces during the height of the pandemic?

The truth is that while the most stringent of measures (for example one-way systems, limiting numbers of employees in break rooms and canteen, and requiring people to work remotely) have been relaxed, there are still very good reasons to keep sanitising stations and hygiene screens in place for the foreseeable future.


What are hygiene screens?

Hygiene screens are a flexible and affordable way of protecting your workforce in an office space. These panels, designed with social distancing in mind, are available in a wide range of styles including freestanding screens, desk mounted partitions, frameless dividers, countertop desk guards, office pods, mobile dividing screens on wheels and many more. The materials used to manufacture hygiene screens are easy to clean and sanitise, meaning your new office partitions can be quickly wiped down to remove all traces of infectious particles.

What are hygiene screens made of?

Our range of hygiene screens include Perspex dividers and protection panels made from acrylic, glass or PVC acetate. These materials are used because they can be easily cleaned and sanitised to maintain a healthy and hygienic environment.

For hygiene screens that are designed to be permanently fixed in place, such as reception desk screens or desk divider panels - or for locations that prefer the more luxurious look of real glass - toughened Safety Glass is a popular choice for a number of reasons:

  • It’s four to five times stronger than standard annealed float glass
  • If broken, it disintegrates into small fragments with dulled edges that are less likely to cause injury
  • It is also more resilient to scratches, therefore easier to clean and keep sanitised.

The majority of hygiene screens are manufactured from 5mm-thick clear acrylic Perspex®. Perspex® Screens are our best-selling and most popular protective barriers because:

  • It is lighter and more affordable than glass
  • It’s durable and longwearing
  • It’s easy to keep clean 

Some of our hygiene screens, including our adjustable roller screens, are made from 300-micron transparent acetate plastic. This is due to the fact that:

  • It provides plenty of protection while remaining lightweight
  • It allows you to move screens around without the need for wheels 
  • It’s a low-cost option compared to our Perspex® or glass dividers
What are the types of hygiene screens?

The different styles of hygiene screen we sell all serve various purposes around an office environment. Our large collection of hygiene screens includes innovative designs which have been created from concept to manufacture by our team of experts to facilitate safe working as we continue to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic. Hygiene screens for offices fall into three main categories: desktop, floor standing and suspended hygiene screens. 

  1. Floorstanding Partitions - Whether on a desk or on the floor, these screens and dividers stand up by themselves, and can be linked to others to cover larger areas, however, they are also sturdy and stable enough to stand unassisted. They are available in a variety of different shapes and sizes and are the most common type of social distancing screen. Hygiene screens on wheels have metal frames that are finished with lockable castor wheels at the base. This makes it easy to move them around your office and fix them in place temporarily, making them a truly flexible social distancing solution.

  2. Desktop Screens - Designed for use on banks of desks, desk divider hygiene screens are some of the most effective for preventing the spread of illness around an office space. They can be fixed (screwed into desktops) or freestanding, and are available in both acrylic and glass finishes. Office receptions will benefit from a design of hygiene screen created specifically for purposes. These partitions are often finished with cut-out hatches for effective communication and transfer of money, goods or paperwork.

  3. Suspended Dividers - Typically used as an additional layer of protection, these hanging hygiene screens can be used pretty much anywhere in your office to form a transparent barrier between people. Lightweight and flexible, you can pin them to pre-existing fabric screens to give them an hygienic, wipe-clean finish or you can suspend them from the ceiling between workers for a frame-free, minimalist look that doesn’t take up floor or desk space.

Spectrum Acrylic Straight Office Desk Divider

Spectrum Acrylic Straight Office Desk Divider

ACHOO® Mobile Perspex Linking Separation Screens

ACHOO® Mobile Perspex Linking Separation Screens



Why are hygiene screens important? 

Although experts believe we are now through the worst of the pandemic, Covid-19 is going to be with us for some time to come, and learning to live with it and manage its effects on society is essential. Scientists and doctors around the world have always been very clear on one point: the virus will, each season, mutate enough that new strains will form, just like winter flu or norovirus. Scientists will try to predict these mutations to create updated vaccinations, however, as with flu, colds, stomach bugs and other contagious illnesses, we will continue to see cases circulating in our workplaces, particularly during the winter months where we typically see more cases and hospitalisations due to such illnesses being more prevalent.

Hygiene screens are one of the very best ways to prevent Covid - or any other contagious illness - from spreading through your office. Most contagious illnesses are spread through Contact or Droplet Transmission. This refers to respiratory droplets which are expelled when an infectious person breathes, sneezes, coughs, talks or shouts. These droplets cannot remain in the air for a long time or travel across long distances; which is why using hygiene screens offers an additional layer of protection. Hygiene screens form a barrier between people, preventing respiratory droplets expelled by one person from infecting another.

If you want to find out more about the importance of protective screens, read our blog on Protective Office Screens: Office Life After Lockdown.

For more information on how to find the right hygiene screens for your workplace, speak to our knowledgeable team by using the form on the Contact Us page or calling 01234 676767.

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