The most effective sneeze guards are tall and wide enough to protect an individual whether they are standing or sitting. These calculations are based on an average-sized adult who is between five and six feet tall. Shields should cover the full interaction.
Although some manufacturers opt to use tempered glass or plexiglass, shields constructed of unbreakable polycarbonate hold many advantages over their counterparts. Polycarbonate is shatter proof and harder to scratch, reducing the risk of bacteria hiding within scratches, and it can be cleaned with ease.
While the CDC recommends the use of shields as protection against COVID-19, there are currently no enforceable government standards or codes requiring shields for this specific purpose. The FDA governs sneeze guards for food safety only, requiring that restaurants with buffets, hospital and school cafeterias, portable food carts and self-serve fast food displays have shields.
Some of the country’s largest unions have recently called for emergency regulations to ensure the safety of essential workers against COVID-19. They have joined together to lobby OSHA to implement enforceable emergency coronavirus workplace regulations for those workers who have continued to punch into work despite COVID-19, including store clerks, machine operators and of course, the healthcare workers on the frontline.
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