Sneeze Guards & Display Cases
Sneezing is a natural human phenomenon. Millions of people sneeze every day. Some practice good sanitary habits by using a tissue or a napkin. Others, however, sneeze openly into the air; they either don't practice good sanitary habits, or they simply can't react quickly enough at that moment. Wherever people choose to sneeze, the one place that you don't want them to sneeze is on your food!
If you're in the business of preparing and selling food, having a sneeze guard is an important part, and usually, a legal requirement for keeping your business clean and sanitary. A sneeze guard is a term used to describe the clear glass shield that protects and covers food that is usually displayed in the open (such as a buffet or a deli). The sneeze guard, invented by a man named Johnny Garneau, was created for the sole purpose of keeping food safe and sanitary. In fact, food guards are so important to the cleanliness and operation of a food based business that, in the 1960's, the FDA established the mandatory presence of food guards in all 50 states.
It is very interesting to see how much this invention has evolved throughout the years. Regardless of whether the eatery is a small hotel breakfast bar or a large five-star restaurant, customers have high expectations regarding the food they eat and the beverages they drink - especially when it comes to sanitation and cleanliness. Stylish and quality sneeze guards help keep the food healthy and hygienic, and significantly minimize the risks of contamination, providing a positive experience not only for customers, but for employees as well.
Although some establishments opt to use plastic rather than glass for their sneeze guards, those constructed of glass hold many advantages over their plastic counterparts. Glass sneeze guards are harder to scratch, reducing the risk of bacteria "hiding" within scratches, and can also be cleaned with relative ease. Since the glass is easier to maintain, it's easy to make it shine "like new" for each business day. Tempered glass is the most commonly used glass for this particular purpose, and is widely recognized by regional health and safety agencies as a "best practice". Sneeze guards made from tempered glass can withstand larger amounts of weight and pressure, in addition to being available in lengths of up to 48" per panel.
Since no two businesses are the same (aside from matching franchise facilities), it's common to see sneeze guards installed in many different shapes and sizes, often-times custom built for their location. At Absolute Glassworks, we manufacture sneeze guards for both full-service as well as self-service environments. In addition to our large selection of standard food guards, we will also work directly with business owners to create specially designed and custom glass pieces for their sneeze guards. Innovation, creativity, and flexibility are our specialties for custom needs and ideas!
Absolute Glassworks is a glass fabricating and installation company that has served Texans for decades, both in the residential, as well as commercial, arenas. Committed to complying with state regulations regarding the guidelines for protecting food served in public and open spaces, we supply and support businesses for their standard, industrial or custom glass related needs.
Give us a call and we'll schedule a visit to your establishment, measure your buffet and serving stations, and provide you a quote to fabricate and install your new glass sneeze guards.
Call Absolute Glassworks 24/7 at (713) 666-1930.