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Glass Partitions for New Public Health Regulations

Jun 18, 2020 9:42:07 AM / by Greg Martell

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In wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many public spaces and workplaces are now seeing measures to limit exposure between customers, staff, and coworkers to each other.

Clear barriers to help maintain social distancing are not uncommon sights at high-traffic public spaces. They’re also becoming a part of the landscape inside manufacturing operations and offices. 

At New Angle Beveling, we have in stock and can fabricate glass to help your business meet new public health standards. 

New Regulations for Public Health 

As part of efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, federal, state, and local governments have implemented many regulations to protect public health.

Aside from social distancing protocols, key guidelines for public spaces -- such as grocery stores, banks, and government offices -- as well as workplaces, include:

  • Frequently disinfecting high-use surfaces
  • Installing partitions to limit people’s exposure to one another 

These regulations will remain in effect for the foreseeable future as the country takes a phased approach to reopening. They’re also likely to be integrated into building codes for new construction, becoming a part of the new normal. 

Benefits of Glass for Partitions 

Glass partitions provide a permanent and long-lasting solution to helping keep your staff and customers safe. That means the glass you install now to meet new public health standards needs to be installed once -- protecting the integrity of your investment

In some instances, retailers and employers have installed plastic sheets or clear acrylic panels, such as Plexiglass, as protective barriers anywhere face-to-face interactions typically happen. While these approaches do provide a functional solution to meeting public health guidelines, they aren’t without their downfalls. 

Unlike glass, polycarbonate and acrylic barriers:

  • Lose clarity after multiple cleanings with strong chemicals 
  • Weaken after repeated cleanings with harsh disinfectants 
  • Scratch easily from dust and dirt -- even when using a soft cloth during cleaning 
  • Take away from the design aesthetics of a space 

As these cheaper alternatives to glass partitions are in high demand, many suppliers have a long backlog of orders -- in some cases, wait times can be extended. 

Glass Partition Manufacturing

At New Angle Beveling, we not only manufacture glass to create custom protective barriers, but also to enhance public safety. 

Through our tempering process, in which glass is heated to extreme temperatures and cooled quickly, panes of glass are made 4-5x stronger than annealed glass. Should it break, tempered glass shatters into pebble-like pieces rather than jagged shards. Tempered glass is ideal for spaces where glass strength and public safety are considerations. 

Our laminated glass boasts a thin protective layer of plastic that is bonded between 2 panes of glass. If broken, laminated glass does not fall apart. Instead, its pieces -- though cracked -- remain in place, protecting those on both sides of the glass should a breakage occur.

Glass Partition Shaping and Custom Cutting 

At New Angle Beveling, we can fabricate glass to meet the specific needs of your installation project. 

We have the ability to cut glass precisely to fit unique spaces or match the contour of permanent fixtures and semi-permanent objects, such as:

  • Countertops
  • Doorways
  • Registers
  • Computers
  • Soffits 
  • Lights

We can shape tempered and laminated glass into nearly any traditional geometric pattern to meet the dimensions of your installation project. Shapes include:

  • Squares
  • Rectangles
  • Triangles
  • Trapezoids 
  • Parallelograms
  • Half moons 

In addition, we can also create custom cutouts within panes of glass, such as speak holes or pass-throughs, to allow as little interference as possible while conducting business as usual. 

Glass for Your Partition Project

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Topics: Glass, Commercial Glass, Glass Sheets, Tempered Glass

Written by Greg Martell