In reducing Loss Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR), the introduction of high impact plastics such as polycarbonate can increase health and safety across manufacturing and process sectors.

Within the manufacturing sector, risk of fatalities and accidents is largely down to machine design and manual handling issues. The significant hazards faced in this sector require continued efforts to secure improvement in ensuring the risks and controls are recognised, understood and implemented.

The thin, transparent plastic guard of a machine and protective equipment such as headgear and eyewear are safety elements to consider within the sector as they safeguard against injuries and accidents in the work place. Polycarbonate is a plastic commonly used for shielding hazards such as sparks or chemicals as they are tough materials that are easily moulded and thermoformed.

Polycarbonate has 17 times the impact strength of glass, meaning it takes a lot more force to shatter than glass. Therefore, there is less worry over someone getting injured as although a plastic sheet can still be broken, it doesn’t break into tiny, dangerous shards like glass.

Whether it’s for machine guards, protective eyewear or safety helmets and visors, the transparency, excellent toughness, thermal stability and great dimensional stability of polycarbonate validates its ability to increase health and safety across manufacturing sectors and to reduce accidents within those environments.