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How Can Shopfitters Reduce In-store Infection Risk?

Shopfitters can play an important role in the combat of infectious diseases.

Shlomi Yehoid, Industrial Fabrication Applications Manager at Palram, put together some important information about how Antimicrobial hygienic cladding can help supermarkets and shops to reduce the spread of infectious agents. 

We are at risk of contracting pathogens whenever we leave the house, while grocery shopping for example. Modern solutions can act as an additional line of defense in reducing the spread of infectious diseases in supermarkets and shops. 

Even though it is impossible to totally prevent shoppers coming into contact with store equipment, it is possible and essential to inhibit microbial colony formation.

What can retailers do to improve bio-security measures? 
Consider antimicrobial hygienic wall cladding as a unique solution that‘s ideal for almost any environment where a hygienic surface finish is essential. PVC panels used for wall cladding, retail displays and storage solutions are becoming more and more popular over traditional methods since they offer appealing hygienic qualities and maintain aesthetic values with a range of sophisticated finishes. Hygienic wall cladding provides shop fitters, architects and specifiers with the most comprehensive solution to maintain the highest standards required for public health, while maintaining design and function.

Screen Barriers & More 

In addition to all information gathered from Palram, we would like to add the importance of using protective sheets as a safety barrier to cashiers or direct contact points with customers and staff. A study of University of Washington highlights some benefits of using these barriers:

  • Barriers can block respiratory droplets produced by a person who is in close contact with the barrier. Barriers can provide a physical separation between people to support social and physical distancing efforts.   
  • Barriers are appropriate in a variety of settings, including public areas, retail settings and spaces where it is difficult to maintain 6 feet of separation between individuals.  
  • Barriers can provide a level of protection from surface contamination in the personal workspace. Use of barriers are consistent with recommendations from CDC as a component of exposure controls.  
  • Barriers may cause minimal disruption to work and business practices in many workplaces.  
  • Barriers can serve as a component of a long-term strategy to reduce risk for other viruses that spread by similar modes of transmission (e.g., influenza).  
  • Plexiglass barriers are nonporous and may be disinfected.  
  • Barriers can provide a sense of safety assurance for workers and customers, and visitors.

This study also advises that these barriers should be sized to block face-to-face pathways between individuals and must create a distance of at least 6 feet for any indirect pathways.

Securing the social distance between people by controlling queues is also a key component against infectious diseases. The government recommends a 2m distance between people and that can be easily put in place using informative signage (e.g. snap frames with informative flyers) and floor graphics illustrating the right distance between clients.

Reducing the number of infections is a global mission. We all must play our role.  
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