Oxford Plastics Top 5 Barriers

We’ve been manufacturing safety equipment and signage for more than three decades and have developed particular expertise when it comes to one of our core product sets; barriers.

Ranging from redirecting pedestrians on busy streets, to open-air gigs right through to today’s social distancing requirements, our barriers have helped thousands of projects and kept millions of people safe. Here is a summary of our top 5 barriers:

  1. OxfordWall

The OxfordWall is designed to be water-filled or sand-filled on-site for strength and durability. When empty, OxfordWall is a light, blow-moulded barrier; it stacks efficiently for easy transport and assembly.

OxfordWalls are made of UV stabilised polythene and are normally supplied in red or white. Designed for traffic delineation through and around work sites, the OxfordWall can create strong and safe cycle lanes and pedestrian access; crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic and the stringent social distancing guidelines. It is highly visible to road traffic users and is fast and easy to deploy.

  1. StrongWall® Barrier

The StrongWall® barrier is heavy-duty, robust and strong, providing safe access for pedestrians through highways and construction works. The 18kg base, made from recycled plastics, weights the barrier for strong stability. The walls interlock using a pin and bucket locking system to prevent being dismantled or tampered with.

The barrier is non-corrosive and non-conductive with compact stacking for easy transport and handling. Colours and customisation are available to ensure the StrongWall represents our clients’ brand.

This heavy-duty, wind-resistant barrier can help keep cyclists, pedestrians and road traffic separated and safe. This system provides safe access and protection for semi-permanent or long-term use, throughout the year.

  1. StrongFence Barrier

The StrongFence barrier is an extension of the patented StrongWall® Barrier.

Enhanced Barrier, 2m tall for use at deep excavations. 100% plastic, non-conductive, used in Street Works & Construction jobs, in sub-stations,

  1. Avalon® Chapter 8 Plastic Safety Barrier

The Avalon® is our most popular barrier and suitable for pedestrian and cycle lane delineation. It is Chapter 8 compliant and perfect for semi-permanent, temporary and short-term requirements.

The barrier is available in 2m, 1m and 0.5m wide and can be used on uneven ground; ideal for temporary road surfaces or on non-paved surfaces.

The barriers are available with the standard Avalon® linking system or the tube end linking system. Different feet can be selected dependent on customer requirements, and this safety barrier is customisable to ensure corporate colours and branding if needed.

  1. SafeGate Portable Gate Barrier

The SafeGate barrier is designed for use around temporary excavations and commonly used in the communications industry and guarding manholes. Perfect for creating safe access and controlled entry to specific areas, it is ideal for temporary or semi-permanent solutions in environments such as schools, airports and high streets.

Made from high-density polyethylene and small enough to fit in the back of a van, the SafeGate Barrier is ideal for single person worksites. It is very lightweight and can be erected in seconds.

Oxford Plastics has a long-standing and well-proven reputation in giving the best service and providing superior products to its customers. We manufacture intelligently designed, problem-solving products that make spaces safer, more efficient and effective. We produce safe, secure and compliant products, 75% of which are made from recycled plastic and are 95% recyclable.

Learn more about our products and equipment here, or get in contact with us to see how we can help with your requirements.

Ways to Roll Out Social Distancing on the High Street

With the streets likely to start busying up over the coming weeks, as government announcements continue to resurrect the economy, hospitality industry and shops, social distancing will need to be the primary consideration for the public. So, what can we do to protect the public on the high streets? That’s where Oxford Plastics steps in. With our range of highly visible UK-manufactured equipment, we can provide contact prevention solutions – allowing the high street to adhere to social distancing measures. Learn more about our range of effective versatile construction safety equipment now from our detailed guide.

How to socially distance on the high street

One of the most effective ways to ensure social distancing measures are implemented on the high street is by using streetworks signage and safety equipment. At Oxford Plastics, we supply a range of contact prevention solutions which can protect and help the public adhere to social distancing measures.

Safety barriers and temporary fences

  • Safety barriers
    We have a range of weighted safety barriers which are perfect for directing vehicle or human traffic. Choose from our extensive collection of temporary fences, including our Avalon® Barrier – a customisable, Chapter 8 compliant pedestrian safety barrier; our SafeGate – a portable light telecoms barrier; our Oxford Wall MKII – a red and white traffic delineator barrier; or our StrongWall 1000 – a heavy-duty, wind-resistance barrier.
  • Temporary fences
    Choose from our extensive collection of temporary fences, our StrongFence – 100% plastic heavy duty barrier, or our EnduraFence – a durable and heavy-duty temporary fence.

Find out more from our safety barriers and fences page. For more information on which safety barrier to choose, read our detailed guide on the top 5 barriers.

Signs, cones and speed bumps

Signs and cones are also a great, easy way of controlling foot traffic. Perfect for implementing social distancing measures on the high street, our range of traffic signs includes our EnduraSign – a long-life temporary plastic traffic sign – and our EnduraSign Ballast – a sign ballast for plastic and metal signs. Road cones are available in either our No Waiting Cone option, or our Highwayman Cone.

Learn more about our traffic signs and road cones now, or read our detailed guide on how to use road signs and cones for social distancing.

Here at Oxford Plastics, we manufacture intelligently designed, flexible contact prevention solutions in order to make public spaces and high streets safer and more efficient. With government guidelines regularly updating, our versatile equipment can accommodate to announcements easily – with safe, secure and compliant products. Learn more about our contact prevention products and equipment, or get in touch with a member of our expert team now.

How to Create Social Distancing Walkways for Customers in Department Stores

Non-essential retailers were closed for three months during the Coronavirus lockdown in the UK and, even now that they’re permitted to reopen, things have inevitably had to change.

Protective measures need to be in place throughout the retail experience, from the car parks to the queuing systems at the entrance to department stores, right through to how shoppers move once inside.

The total value of UK retail sales last year amounted to nearly £400 billion, with a third of consumer spending going through retailers. With the UK economy in a perilous position post-lockdown, it is absolutely critical that retail attracts consumers back into its department stores and shops, particularly with nearly 3 million people in the UK employed in the sector.

With lots of people having relied heavily on online shopping during lockdown, and many fearing a second peak of COVID-19, many shoppers are nervous to return to shops so it’s important for retailers to be visible in embracing and implementing social distancing measures whilst encouraging its customers to return to the retail environment.

However, with more than 300,000 outlets across the UK in which to implement social distancing guidelines, where do retailers begin?

We understand that retail managers are being given a mammoth task when it comes to safely implementing equipment to enable social distancing and training staff in how best to utilise these resources.

Oxford Plastics specialises in safety equipment and signage; from cones to barriers, signs to walkways, we are best positioned to advise retailers on the most appropriate solutions to implement and maintain social distancing guidelines, and provide easy-to-install, semi-permanent products manufactured in the UK and readily available.

In addition to the reopening of department stores and shops, ‘click and collect’ has risen in popularity during lockdown, with many retailers introducing the service to be able to continue trading, but with popularity comes a rise in customers and even these services need to be carefully managed to ensure appropriate social distancing is maintained. Barriers and cone systems to indicate to customers where to wait and the distances to maintain are products that Oxford Plastics can provide to its clients to help ensure consumer safety in the retail environment.

Our lightweight, SafeGate portable safety barrier works well both in helping the flow of people in queues waiting to enter retailers, as well as to help direct shoppers once inside, or even cordon off areas that now need to be kept isolated.

In larger department stores, our ClearPath® Mat is the ideal highly visible and durable pedestrian mat. Fast and easy to install, the black & white temporary mat is ideal to direct shoppers both in and out of the shop as well as giving clear direction once inside.

We offer a comprehensive range of equipment and signage that can help retailers make their shops safe for customers and to provide consumer peace of mind. We manufacture intelligently designed, problem-solving products that make spaces safer, more efficient and effective. We produce safe, secure and compliant products, 75% of which are made from recycled plastic and are 95% recyclable.

Learn more about our products and equipment here, or get in contact with us to see how we can help with your requirements.

Construction site hazards

How to stay safe on a construction site

The construction industry provides a workplace environment that presents high risks and hazards to workers; often requiring the use of heavy tools, large machinery and plant, as well as coming into contact with hazardous materials. It is important to be able to identify hazards on a construction site – and understand how to avoid them. Learn more about how to stay safe on a construction site from our detailed guide.

Top building site hazards to be aware of

  • Working at height
    Working at height is one of the most common construction site hazards. In 2015/16, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that over a quarter of fatalities at work were from falling from height. Working at height must be properly supervised, planned and should be avoided, where possible. Equipment with extra safety measures, such as double guard rails for scaffolding, should be used to reduce risk of fatalities, and safety nets can be used to minimise the consequences of a fall.
  • Noise
    You don’t need to work on a construction site to be familiar with the high noise levels that come from this sort of work. However, noise is a common construction hazard – as loud and repetitive noises can cause long-term hearing problems. Therefore, the right ear protective equipment must be used. Loud noises from building work can also create distractions, which can lead to accidents. Employers are required to carry out a comprehensive noise risk assessment, which will lead to issuing the correct PPE for the job.
  • Moving objects
    As building sites are ever-changing environments, they can quickly become hectic workplaces when objects are continually moving. This could include overhead lifting equipment, diggers and supply vehicles. Workers should avoid working closely to these objects if possible, while being constantly vigilant of their surroundings and wearing PPE where necessary – for example, a high visibility jacket to ensure they are seen more easily.
  • Instability
    Slips, trips and falls are common construction site hazards. This is due to the instability of the environment construction workers are subjected to – for example, uneven terrain and incomplete buildings. Stairwells and footpaths should be used in order to avoid falls as well as providing designated walkways, such as temporary zebra crossings, for construction workers to travel around the site safely. Obstacles, such as excess material and cables, should be removed to avoid instability – and wet or slippery surfaces should be treated with grit and properly sign posted.
  • HAVS
    Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), also known as ‘blue finger’, is a disease which debilitates the blood vessels, joints and nerves. This is usually caused by the prolonged and consistent use of hand power tools, which provide a vibration through the hand and arm. HAVS can be prevented by wearing the appropriate protection equipment when using vibrating tools, and the equipment itself being regularly assessed and maintained.
  • Electricity
    Naturally with a construction site, there will likely be electricity running through various circuits, especially through electrical live parts, which is something workers need to be aware of. This can be a hazard if you touch the live parts directly or come into contact with overhead or underground power cables, which can cause electric shocks. This can then lead to falls from ladders, scaffolds or other work platforms, which can in turn lead to fatalities.
  • Asbestos
    Asbestos is a natural fibrous rock that can often be found hidden in public buildings that construction workers will have to come into contact with. This harmful material initially acts as an insulator, keeping heat in or the cold out, but is one of the biggest occupational disease risks to construction workers. It can lead to mesothelioma – a cancer of the lung lining – and asbestos-related lung cancer; both of which are almost always fatal. Employers must undertake a risk assessment of the site to ensure there is no asbestos, or, if there is, that this is identified and recorded, and anyone carrying out work in the area is notified.
  • Respiratory diseases
    With building sites comes the risk of airborne fibres and materials, which can cause damage to your lungs, and cause respiratory problems. As the dust on construction sites is often not easy to spot with the naked eye, it’s hard to know that it contains a toxic mixture of hazardous materials, which can lead to diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, silicosis or asthma. Employers not only need to issue PPE, but they must ensure that this PPE is used by their workers.
  • Unintended collapse
    Excavations and trenches can collapse unintentionally on construction sites at any time, which can lead to workers being buried or seriously injured. This is especially common with building demolitions or buildings under construction. Precautions must be taken before construction work starts on these buildings, including considering what support is best suited for the trench ensuring the trench is secure; and regular inspections of any excavations to be completed before and after the work shift.

Now we’ve covered the top building site hazards to be aware of, and how to stay safe on a construction site, familiarise yourself with our construction site safety solutions to ensure you are as safe as you can be on site. From Avalon safety barriers to highwayman cones, Oxford Plastics’ wide selection has you covered. Get in touch with a member of our expert team for more information on avoiding construction hazards.

Steel road plates vs plastic road plates

When it comes to covering trenches or holes, it’s likely a road plate will be applied to ensure that the area can operate effectively, and it does not pose a danger to the public. However, which type of road plate should you use? And what are the benefits and disadvantages of both? Learn more from our guide will compare steel road plates to plastic road plates.

Which road plate should you use?

So, what are the best type of road plates to use? Using the correct road plate for the trench or hole you are covering is vital – as, by using the wrong type of plate, this can lead to complications. Here at Oxford Plastics, we specialise in safe, simple and compliant equipment that is 100% plastic. Here’s some of the reasons why plastic road plates are more beneficial to use than steel road plates:

  • Stability – steel road plates (due to the rigid nature of their material) can be a lot less stable than plastic road plates. This can create an uneven surface, which can be dangerous to vehicle or pedestrians who are travelling over it.
  • Noise pollution – typically, steel road plates also create a lot more noise pollution than plastic road plates would. In some places around the world, in New York city for example, if the noise decibels reach a certain level, large fines can be put into place. Whereas plastic road plates have significantly reduced noise pollution.
  • Man-power – plastic road plates are typically a lot lighter and easier to move than steel road plates. This means that, to fit a plastic road plate, you would only ever require one person – and they would be able to move this on their own. However, a steel road plate would require more people – which may not always be feasible at short notice. Similar to the noise decibel fine, in New York city, if a pothole is not covered in a timely fashion then substantial fines can be put into place. If people are lifting a steel road plate to cover a pothole, this is likely to take more time as more people will be required to help – with a plastic plate, this would allow a single person to cover the pothole, and respond as quickly, as is necessary.
  • Durability – there is a greater durability with plastic road plates than there is with steel. Steel will bend and degrade after a period of time, but plastic road plates will retain their shape and structure for a longer period of time. They have been designed this way in order to make the road plates more durable and effective, providing a better solution for construction workers and road users.

Now you’ve learnt the benefits of choosing plastic road plates over steel road plates, browse our full selection of plastic road plates now. As well as road plates, here at Oxford Plastics, we also supply a wide range of trench covers and wheelchair ramps. For more information on our plastic road plates, get in touch with a member of our expert team today.

How to Roll Out Social Distancing Measures to Prepare your School to Reopen in September

Schools are one of the areas hardest hit by COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown; closed down in March save for children of key workers and only allowed to partially reopen at the beginning of June, the education sector has been troubled with uncertainty for teachers, parents and children.

Whilst many welcomed the Government announcement on 19th June that all schools are to reopen in September, many will be concerned about the ongoing safety and social distancing measures for the pupils and staff.

Schools have had to make major adaptations to how they operate and how both pupils and staff travel around the campus. To date; bubbles have been implemented, one-way systems for thoroughfares and separated playgrounds have been just some of the immediate changes schools have had to make. From September, when all pupils must return, schools are under increased pressure to ensure all pupils, teaching staff and auxiliary staff are adequately protected.

This is where our expertise, experience and equipment can prove invaluable. With 35 years’ experience in safety equipment and signage, Oxford Plastics is ideally placed to provide advice and guidance on how best to employ the safety measures required to adhere to Government guidance, as well as provide the most appropriate equipment to implement these measures.

We have a dedicated suite of equipment specially selected to work in educational environments, from barriers to clear walkways; easy for even the youngest of pupils to understand and adhere to. Our ClearPath® Temporary Walkway can help to keep students and staff safely distanced by clearly demarcating walkways. Fast and easy to install, it’s ideal for temporary or permanent solutions to maintain safe walkways and building access. Our Lantis Barrier is made of 85% recycled materials and has a soft welcoming aesthetic, so is less unsettling for children, whilst being suitable for creating safe areas in schools and playgrounds as well as maintaining social distancing through segmentation of staff and pupils.

With talks of a potential second wave, it is critical to keep our teachers and youngest citizens as safe as possible whilst ensuring access to education – particularly as so many have missed out on such a substantial amount of teaching time already in 2020.

Oxford Plastics is on-hand to help advise, guide and partner with educational institutions to help map out social distancing measures – and the equipment and signage to support these – to ensure the safety of all those working and attending the campus. We manufacture intelligently designed, problem-solving products that make spaces safer, more efficient and effective. We produce safe, secure and health & safety compliant products, 75% of which are made from recycled plastic and are 95% recyclable.

Learn more about our products and equipment here, or get in contact with us to see how we can help with your requirements.

Benefits of Getting your COVID Preparation Equipment from a Single Provider

Whilst it is often good to shop around and source various products from multiple locations, when it comes to sourcing safety equipment and signage, there are many reasons why it makes sense to use a single, trusted provider.

  1. Expertise

It’s not simply about sourcing equipment; it’s about getting the right advice and guidance on exactly what products will best meet your needs.

True experts will ask about your requirements and then produce a product list of what equipment will fulfil those needs, rather than your organisation guessing what you need and going straight to sourcing it, when a more practical or cost-effective solution would be better. Oxford Plastics prides itself of giving customers the best advice possible, and exploring all options, rather than simply fulfilling an order sheet.

  1. Integration of Products

Using a single, expert provider means you will have a better integration of products. Barriers that fit alongside pathways and signage make for a more streamlined, fluid solution rather than a myriad of products all pushed together in an attempt to create a total solution.

Working with Oxford Plastics, for example, we could advise on each individual element but then conduct a holistic overview to ensure all equipment provided fits and works seamlessly together to ensure a positive flow and experience for users. In addition, this avoids any mismatched equipment side-by-side that could interrupt the flow or – worse still – pose a danger to users, such as a stepped element that could be a trip hazard or a break in directional barriers that could cause confusion.

  1. Economies of Scale

Whilst it is often encouraged to shop around to get the best price and to keep suppliers ‘on their toes’, there’s a lot to be said for using a single supplier to provide all your equipment. By using a single supplier, they are able to dedicate more time to you as a large-scale customer, as well as provide the best pricing based on the knowledge that you’ll be using a number of their products. Delivery charges can be bundled or waived based on the number of products per shipment and a single, dedicated account manager can price full solutions in one order rather than several single orders.

  1. Partnership

Partnering with a single supplier shows a commitment to that supplier, who in turn can invest in the customer and provide the best possible customer service. With a single provider there is also accountability with regards to every element of the solution; from order stage through to delivery, installation, maintenance, repairs and finally removal. By taking this streamlined approach, fewer resources are required to manage and maintain the relationship, giving a further cost-benefit that can be passed back to the customer.

Oxford Plastics has a long-standing and well-proven reputation in giving the best service and providing superior products to its customers. We manufacture intelligently designed, problem-solving products that make spaces safer, more efficient and effective. We produce safe, secure and compliant products, 75% of which are made from recycled plastic and are 95% recyclable.

Learn more about our products and equipment here, or get in contact with us to see how we can help with your requirements.