Rockford Systems Introduces New Line of Cough and Sneeze Shields for Industrial, Clean Rooms and Retail Operations

GermBlock™ shields help protect against the spread of airborne substances

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing businesses to take extra precautions for the well-being of employees and customers. Rockford Systems, a leader in industrial safety solutions, is helping organizations protect employee health and safety by launching its new GermBlock™ line of cough and sneeze shields for industrial, commercial, retail and clean room settings.

GermBlock shields limit the spread of airborne droplets resulting from coughing, sneezing or speaking from reaching a nearby person, therefore helping to mitigate possible COVID-19 infection. Constructed of heavy-duty clear 3/16″ polycarbonate and 16-gauge 304 stainless steel ¾” framing with full penetration welds, the panels are immediately available in standard versions including table top, floor standing and extended-leg versions in popular sizes. To ensure shield stability, all shields include foot plates with gussets, designed to affix to countertops or floors with front and side mounting options. Custom shields are also available, which include a broad array of size and mounting options, as well as casters.

Of the many shields on the market, few offer the durability of polycarbonate framed in corrosion-resistant stainless steel. Lesser quality shields feature flimsy plexiglass, acrylic or standard glass panels. Although polycarbonate is half the weight of standard glass, it provides 250 times the impact resistance, whereas acrylic provides only 17 times the impact resistance. Polycarbonate is non-flammable, highly resistant to chemicals, can be drilled without cracking, and can be exposed to high temperatures. Additionally, polycarbonate allows access to natural light and shields out harmful ultraviolet rays. The stainless-steel frame allows the shields to be washed down and sterilized per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation for frequent cleaning. The full penetration welds eliminate gaps or cracks that prevent bacterial build up.

GermBlock shields are Made In USA, 100 percent manufactured in Rockford, Illinois. Given its Midwest operations and centralized geographical location, orders can be turned around quickly to support customers with urgent bio protection needs.

“The Rockford Systems brand represents quality. Our GermBlock shields meet the marketplace demand for a high-quality, heavy-duty, robust shield offering,” said Carrie Halle VP Marketing and Business Development at Rockford Systems, LLC. “These durable shields are designed for any industrial setting, including clean-room applications, and built to last, which is important given the critical need for physical distancing today and into the future. The coronavirus has fundamentally changed the way companies look at the health and safety of employee workspaces.”


For industrial settings such as factories, warehouses and office buildings, GermBlock shields can be placed in between employees standing or sitting in close proximity at work stations, as well as installed between office cubicles to extend the wall height between workers. In addition to extending physical distancing, GermBlock shields also provide other office space benefits, such as insulating against noise to create a quieter workspace and blocking against damaging ultraviolet rays to prevent interior decor from fading.


For clean settings such as microprocessor, medical, food and beverage, pharma and personal care product manufacturers, GermBlock shields are designed with 1/4″ poly-to-frame gap construction for superior cleaning access and materials intended to be clean-room compatible per USDA and FDA standards. Not only can GermBlock’s shields help protect against the spread of COVID-19, but they can also shield against Peroxyacetic Acid (PAA) and other airborne particulates. GermBlock’s corrosion-resistant stainless-steel frame allows the shields to be washed down frequently with hot water, cleaning solutions and high-pressure sprays.


Grocery stores remain one of the few establishments open for in-person sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. GermBlock shields install easily and securely at cashier stations, deli counters, pharmacies, customer service and fuel centers to protect employees and customers while completing face-to-face transactions. As the economy re-opens, GermBlock shields are ideal for any other high-traffic areas such as bank teller stations, coffee shops, hotel reception desks, and take-out/pick-up locations.


GermBlock shields can be cleaned with surface and sterile wipes, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, and dish-washing soap solution, all of which are cleaning agents specifically recommended by the CDC in the fight against the human coronavirus.


Beyond providing equipment, Rockford Systems specialists are available to visit customer locations to recommend shield solutions, take measurements, and fill orders to expedite an airborne protection program. Rockford Systems will deliver and install GermBlock shields onsite, plus provide employee training on proper use and care. These services help companies maximize the productivity of their employees without taking time to specify and manage bio shielding solutions. While working onsite, the Rockford Systems’ field personnel are diligently following the CDC health and safety guidelines and your plant’s safety protocols.

Please visit to learn more about the Rockford Systems COVID-19 response. For immediate assistance, call 800-922-7533 or visit:

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