Wednesday 29th July, 2020
As The Beatles sang, all things must pass. From hairdressers and hotels to shops and swimming pools, businesses across the UK are resuming trade after months of lockdown. Before reopening, business owners must take steps to ensure the safety of employees and customers during the ongoing pandemic. Tufwell’s glass partitions can help your business to meet these essential requirements without detracting from the aesthetics of your space or brand.
Reception desks and checkouts are focal points for human interaction in offices and commercial settings. Glass screens can mitigate health risks at these points by forming a barrier between employee and customer whilst still allowing for all important face-to-face interaction. Tufwell’s glass partitions can be made to measure and cut to any size required. They are made from toughened or laminated glass – depending on client preference. Both these types of safety glass are durable and cost effective. Toughened glass is up to five times stronger than ordinary glass and hard to break. Laminated glass withstands impact and resists penetration due to its plastic interlayer.
Many of the new business requirements pertain to social distancing – that is, maintaining a two-metre distance from others, or one-metre with risk mitigation. Glass partitions can help employers to meet this guidance as staff return to the workplace. Glazed partitioning acts as a physical barrier between workstations and can also bring into use previously neglected areas of office space to create more room without the need for structural modification. Free-standing glass partitions can facilitate agile working by being moved according to task and requirement. For example, they can be positioned to encourage zonal working or to create private areas for individual work. Glass partitions are effective at lowering noise levels which is a particularly useful feature in open plan spaces. In commercial settings, glass partitions can be used to create a one-way system to help manage queues and customer flow.
Another benefit of glass partitions is the appearance of openness that they create. Glass partitions maximise the impact and dispersion of natural light, reflecting it throughout the workspace and creating a healthier, welcoming and more productive environment. That said, glass partitions do not have to be wholly transparent. The benefit of using laminated glass in glass partitions is that they can be customised by applying colour to the plastic interlayer. Furthermore, glass partitions can be customised with company names and logos – in fact, almost any design requirement - in line with your company brand.