How Oxford Plastics can Ensure Social Distancing on Campus

All places of education are due to reopen in September and we’re sure at the front of every headteacher, chancellor and local authority’s mind is how to keep students and staff safe and socially distanced on their return.

Although most news coverage has focused on primary and secondary schools, nurseries right through to universities are having to carefully consider the safety of all its learners as well as teaching and support staff.

Universities may well have the hardest job on their hands with substantial student numbers, large lecture groups and a substantial campus area to cover.

UK universities have huge numbers of students; with the top 10 universities all hosting more than 30,000 students each. Trying to communicate effectively with that sheer number of students is a mammoth task, and that’s where Oxford Plastics’ equipment and safety signage proves itself invaluable.

Campus safety

Implementing safety equipment such as our OxfordWall, Lantis Barriers and ClearPath mats can transform a campus overnight and – coupled with our strong signage products – can clearly demonstrate and communicate the proposed route of travel, one-way systems and any areas temporarily cordoned off to ensure student safety and social distancing.

Our product range can be easily installed and configured to minimise the risk of contact, by clearly demarcating safe thoroughfares, reducing congestion in confined areas and blocking unwanted access. These products help to control movement and encourage safe practice.

Communal areas

It’s not only travel around campus that needs to be considered. Communal areas such as union buildings, libraries and halls of residence need clear delineation of travel as well as ensuring minimum distancing is taken into account wherever necessary.

The Lantis Barrier is made of 85% recycled materials and has a soft welcoming aesthetic. Ordinarily used in parades, sporting events and ticketing lines, it’s a versatile solution and replacement to steel pedestrian barriers. During the pandemic, it has found another home by creating safe areas in universities, as well as maintaining social distancing through segmentation of staff and pupils.

Much lighter than steel barricades, the Lantis Barrier weighs just 14 kgs. The easy-carry handles mean installers can carry up to four at a time; ideal for quick roll-out across campus.

Cycling

Students often use bicycles as a fast, affordable and easy way of travelling around campus as well as further afield. However, encouraging greater use of bicycles coupled with reduced thoroughfares could lead to collisions between pedestrians and student cyclists.

Our OxfordWall product can create strong and safe cycle lanes; perfect for campus travel and keeping cyclists separate to students on foot. The barrier can be either sand- or water-filled and is highly visible to road users as well as fast and easy to deploy.

Changes to main thoroughfares

September will see the influx of thousands of new students on campus who – without prior knowledge of routes around the campus – will undoubtedly resort to university maps and original signage. With new measures across the entire site, all students – both old and new – will need to understand where to go in order to get to their lectures, tutor groups and access library resources. Our ClearPath® temporary walkways can clearly guide all students and staff to the new routes proposed across campus to ensure social distancing.

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.

Why Select Oxford Plastics for your High Street Requirements?

Selecting a supplier for anything can be a challenging process, more so during the COVID-19 pandemic when councils and local authorities have had to quickly select a provider of safety equipment to assist and ensure social distancing measures.

Here we outline the numerous benefits of using Oxford Plastics, with its 35-year experience and UK-manufactured equipment, to implement your COVID-19 social distancing measures:

Expertise

We’ve been doing this for 35 years and have unparalleled knowledge when it comes to equipment, product sets and implementation. We can guide and advise our client base on the most appropriate solution for their needs and be on-hand to provide assistance in the design of the safety solution required.

Easy Installation

Our products are delivered ready to be installed, and many can be transported and installed as and when needed, like our portable one-person SafeGate Barrier. Our equipment is not just designed for its safety qualities, but is often stackable and lightweight to make transportation and installation easier.

Highly Visible

Our product sets are not only designed with safety in mind, they’re also designed to be highly visible in order to make it easier for members of the public to understand and adhere to them, such as the ClearPath® Mat.

In addition, our safety signage can be implemented alongside the equipment to further ensure visibility and comprehension.

Immediately Available

Working in the area of safety equipment and signage, it is crucial that we have our equipment available immediately to clients that have a requirement. Having a long lead time on safety barriers to cordon off a public hazard is unacceptable and as such, we have some of the shortest lead times in the UK, ensuring our clients get exactly what they need when they need it.

Semi-Permanent

The flexibility of our solutions is a significant feature as it can be easily adapted or reconfigured to meet the particular current need.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, this flexibility is proving invaluable as guidance is changing constantly, and town planners and councils need to be able to alter the current layouts easily to adjust the social distancing measures in order to comply with the most recent Government guidance.

UK Manufactured

Oxford Plastics manufactures its products in the UK, which means we have equipment that is immediately available at the point of need. Whilst there were substantial delays across multiple supply chains during the lockdown periods in China and across the world, by having our products manufactured on home soil mean logistical difficulties were minimised.

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.