When Is A Hanging Sneeze Guard Required At Retail Checkouts?
A hanging plastic divider or sneeze guard barrier should be used at your grocery store, c-store or liquor stores wherever store associates are in personal face-to-face contact with shoppers. A hanging sneeze guard is ideal to help protect both your employees and customers while still allowing interaction between them. Washable clear divider panels that separate people help to establish a sense of trust and reinforce your commitment to safety. Hanging sneeze guards that are suspended above the checkout lane parallel to it are a low cost retail solution to the social distancing challenge. This item is a commercial grade acrylic panel cough & sneeze guard that can be used hanging above the checkout counter or above almost any transactional table or countertop.
What are Food Shields & Sneeze Guard Standards and Regulations?
Sneeze guard guidelines generally require that they create a barrier between the mouths of people and other people or to food. This reduces the chance of contamination and helps slow down the spread of disease. The maximum space between the floor and the bottom edge of a sneeze guard should be 52 inches or less. When placed above an ADA compliant checkout counter with a height of 38 inches, that should leave approximately 12 to 14 inches of open space that is used for transactional or money exchanging purposes. Usually, hanging sneeze guards are positioned parallel to and directly above the customer facing edge of the checkout counter. This is due to the narrow space available in most checkout lanes. Hanging sneeze guards can also be placed above other transactional surfaces such as tabletops and countertops or display cases. These have heights that can vary from 30 inches to 42 inches tall. A sneeze guard suspended above a checkout counter should be 32 inches tall to create a correct barrier. Check with your local health department sneeze guard requirements for additional information.
What Is The Best Material For A Hanging Sneeze Guard Or Food Shield?
The best material for sneeze guards is washable and clear so that there is an unobstructed view. Sneeze guard materials include plastic, tempered glass or acrylic. For portable sneeze guards, acrylic is recommended to keep weight down. This item is constructed out of solid acrylic and is for sale as a complete kit. It includes a 1/8 inch thick solid acrylic panel. The panel measures 24 inches wide by 32 inches tall. This sneeze guard can be placed hung above any countertop or tabletop. The unit is designed to hang from a ceiling. Unit supplied with two ceiling grid clips, two adjustable airplane wire cable sets and two "S" hooks. The hanging hardware cable sets have a maximum hang length of 14 feet. The weight of this unit is approximately 6 lbs. Simple to clean - use a soft cloth and soapy water only. Do not use scouring compounds or chemical glass cleaners as they may harm surface.