Protec have been helping various contractors with temporary protection for over 20 years. In that time, the situation where maintenance, repair or refurb contractors have requested solutions to screen off areas of a live warehouse or factory have come up numerous times.
Under CDM regulations 2007 (Construction Design and Management legislation, any project over either 30 days or 500 man hours has to be notified to the Health and Safety Executive and then these regulations adhered to), you have to create a barrier between a live factory floor and the project area.
The solution that is often turned to is heras fencing that can be locked together and divide the area of work and the rest of the factory. This fencing subsequently needs to be screened with a material that is up to the job and that is where Protec have the experience of offering a variety of great screening materials that adhere to various regulations such as LPCB 1207 Flame Retardant accreditation.
Heras fencing will give an effective access barrier however in a lot of cases, where there are particularly high ceilings, heras fencing won't give the visual obstruction needed at height. A lot of our clients opt for a combination of both the heras fencing and then a screening material suspended from the ceiling and draped down in strips and then secured to each other with sheeting ties and at the floor by folding beneath the heras fence. Below is a picture of this method in practice.
The above product is Promesh FR LPS 1207 2m x 50m which, although often used as floor protection, was chosen because of its large format in length so it could be draped from ceiling to floor.
The client of this particular image had this to say about their use of temporary screening from ourselves...
"The Promesh FR 1207 screen does a couple of things at once.
-Stops any debris that may be created, in particular dust, being passed towards the general staff of a building we maybe working in.
-Stops any sparks, that may be being generated from cutting at high level, leaving the project area.
-Some of our projects can be commercially sensitive and therefore gives us privacy.
-It looks far better having a crisp white screen to look at than a bunch of hairy arsed contractors milling round in a dirty project zone.
-If we get our logo put on it, it is a massive advert in some of the biggest blue chip companies in Europe.
All in all we look like a more professional outfit by taking a run down area of a factory, putting up this screen and then six months later revealing new technology and equipment. It has a really good effect on our clients when there is an unveiling as it were."
Project Manager at a leading UK Maintenance Contractor
Some clients also opt to print their screen with either logos or custom messages such as warning or safety signs.
It is obvious that a solution for screening of an area within a sensitive environment will always be different depending on the specific situation but here at protect we have vast experience in the area and are confident we will be able to help with products, or simply advice, no matter the application.
To speak to one of our experts on temporary screening call us on 0800 834 704.