Tufftec Lockers® Strong and Fit For The Work Hard – Play Harder Lifestyle


Today’s consumers have extremely stressful busy lifestyles, and work hard to make a living. It certainly stands to reason that with all that hard-work they put out on a daily basis, they need an effective outlet to destress. Many find that outlet at the local gym or sports arena, where they can play just as hard as they work. While using the facilities, a safe and germ free storage option is a concern, and expectations are high when it comes to that equipment. The workout environment is prime breeding ground for bacteria, so finding a product that addresses all of those areas can be a challenge. Fitness centers across the country know they can rely on us to deliver a product that holds up to the traffic, Specialty Tufftec Lockers.



Reliability Of The Fittest – Solid Construction HDPE

Built from solid core, color-throughout HDPE, Tufftec Lockers® were developed to provide various industries with a better solution, while withstanding the harshest environments. From those hot and humid gyms and fitness centers, to applications in the coldest ski resorts – Tufftec lockers will never rust or delaminate. Add to that the fact that they are also impact, dent and graffiti resistant.

When you add in the options that the specialty athletic lockers provide; the additional room, and optional door front configuration, the lockers really deliver results. The surface is impervious to moisture helping them stand up to the challenge of providing that germ-resistant surface that fitness enthusiast’s demand. But wait – we don’t want to leave out the low maintenance that comes with these lockers, saving time and money, now that’s something to cause every gym janitorial crew to high-five all day long.

Function Meet Form – No Need To Sacrifice Looks

Tufftec lockers may be designed to endure the wear and tear of athletic, and expansive recreational environments, but there is no need for a tradeoff when it comes to looks. With the various color options offered in our athletic lockers, you’re sure to match your style and décor with our color visualizer.



The perfect combination of flexibility and form, these lockers come in a multitude of styles, configurations and interchangeable options so you can create a customized locker that can meet any of your design challenges.

Ready to go head-to-head with our lockers – then contact our sales team today or download our Tufftec product kit to get more information.

Locker Decoration Rules & Guidelines to Avoid Locker Damage


Today, locker decorating has taken on a new meaning. What was once completed with the hanging of a small mirror and a magazine cutout of the current teen heartthrob has escalated to include shag rugs, chandeliers, wallpaper, and more. These completely customized lockers are an excellent way for students to express themselves, but they could be inadvertently damaging the lockers with their renovations.

In this post, we discuss some basic locker decoration rules and guidelines so you can avoid damage to lockers in your school while still allowing students to have fun.

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Locker Decoration Rules & Guidelines

At the beginning of the school year, most institutions distribute a code of conduct that specifies the school’s many rules and regulations. This is a great opportunity to let new and returning students know about any locker decoration rules or guidelines.

Below are some suggested guidelines that you might want to include in your code of conduct booklet.

NO Harsh Adhesives

Stickers, glue, and adhesive mounting strips can be great for securing locker decorations in place, but they’re also likely to damage the locker when attempting to remove those decorations. Magnets or painter’s tape should be used instead.

NO Decorating with Markers or Pens

Marking the inside or the outside of the locker with pens or markers should be strongly discouraged for obvious reasons. These marks will be virtually impossible to remove and may likely result in a need to repaint the lockers.

NO Painting

Students shouldn’t be allowed to paint any section of their lockers. Not only can paint fumes be harmful when inhaled, a haphazard painting job could damage nearby lockers or the locking mechanism.

NO Strong Magnets near the Locking Mechanism

Metal locks can easily be affected by nearby magnets, making them difficult or impossible to open. For that reason, places magnets near the locking mechanism should be avoided.


Promoting Non-Destructive Locker Decorating

One of the easiest ways to make sure that the lockers in your school aren’t damaged by annual decorating is to have lockers that are resistant to those items that can damage them. For example, if you consider a traditional metal locker, it can be damaged by use of magnets, harsh adhesives, markers, and so on. However, a locker made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) is difficult to damage by these means.

For one, it’s impossible to use magnets in this plastic locker. So you don’t have to worry about the locking mechanism being damaged. HDPE is also resistant to graffiti, making it more difficult for students to mark the locker with pens or markers.

Not only that, but HDPE lockers are also resistant to dents, scratches, and rust—all threats that metal lockers face.

To learn more about HDPE locker, download our FREE Ultimate Guide to HDPE Plastic Lockers. This helpful eBook covers the many benefits of HDPE lockers, how they compare to metal lockers, and explains how they provide a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative.

Industries that Would Benefit from Employee Lockers


Giving your employees a safe place to store their belongings while at work not only improves the security of your facility but can also help to keep your business running more efficiently. Below, we take a closer look at some industries that would benefit from employee lockers as well as a two additional industries that could use lockers for their guests.

Employee Lockers for the Retail Industry

Retail workers often bring a number of their personal belongings to work, including cell phones, cosmetics, handbags, backpacks, and portable gaming devices. Although its handy to have these items before work or while on break, they can quickly clutter the break room, stock room, or even the sales floor.

Lockers give employees a safe and secure place to store their personal items while they’re at work. As a result, they’ll feel less inclined to have the items nearby throughout their shift where they could cause major distraction.

As an added bonus, employees will know their belongings are safe. This peace of mind is especially appreciated when working with a large staff or during the holiday season when numerous seasonal employees are hired for support.

Lockers in Healthcare Facilities

Studies have shown that scrubs can carry large amounts of bacteria. So it’s a good idea to provide healthcare workers with an area where they can change in and out of their scrubs before and after their shifts. Lockers provide the perfect place for storing street clothes during their shift as well as any other personal belongings they may not want to carry with them.

When choosing the right lockers for your facility, consider using high-density polyethylene (HDPE) lockers, which have been proven to reduce the growth of bacteria and germs.

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Using Lockers in Other Industries

One of the first things people think of when they think of lockers is a school. The education industry has been using lockers for years as a way to keep jackets, book bags, and other personal effects from clogging up classrooms. However, lockers can also be used for faculty.

Consider placing lockers in the faculty lounge or another communal space away from the student population.

Another common application that people think of when thinking of lockers is at the gym. Fitness centers across the globe offer lockers for their guests to store wallets, purses, keys, and more while they’re exercising. However, given the moist and humid nature of most locker rooms, metal lockers are highly susceptible to rust. Instead, consider using HDPE lockers which are 100% resistant to rust.

Learn More About HDPE Lockers

No matter what industry you’re in, it’s likely that your facility could benefit from employee lockers as well as lockers for your guests. To learn more about the benefits of lockers made from HDPE, download our free Ultimate Guide to HDPE Plastic Lockers. This helpful resource will teach you about HDPE plastic, how HDPE lockers outperform metal lockers, and more.

How to Remove Mold in Your Shower & Locker Rooms

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Mold inside the shower or locker rooms of your facility can be a big problem. Not only does it discolor grout and weaken wood, but it’s also potentially hazardous to your health and the health of those using your facility. So to make sure that your locker rooms and showers are safe and mold-free, it’s important to remove any signs of mold or mildew once they appear.

In this guide, we’ll tell you how to remove mold properly as well as how you can prevent mold from coming back.

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What You Need for Mold Removal

Having the proper supplies is an important part of mold removal. After all, if the mold isn’t removed properly, there’s a good chance it will come back and spread to other areas of your facility. Not only that, but without the right gear, your cleaning team could get sick when trying to clean the infected areas.

Here’s what you need:

1.      Old clothes or a jumpsuit: You want to launder or dispose of any clothes you wear when cleaning the mold-infected area. Otherwise, you could unintentionally spread mold to other rooms or experience an adverse reaction to the mold spores.

2.      Rubber gloves: These are important to protect your hands from coming in contact with mold or the cleaning chemicals used during removal.

3.      N-95 or P-100 respirator: These respirators are specially made to block out mold spores, which can be as small as 3 microns. For reference, a strand of human hair is about 125 microns.

4.      Safety goggles: These will protect your eyes from any mold spores that might be floating in the air as well as any harmful vapors from the cleaning chemicals.

5.      Spray bottle: You can use a simple spray bottle filled with water to gently wet any visible mold before you start cleaning to limit the number of spores released into the air.

6.      Box fan: It’s vital to keep the room well ventilated. If there’s a window or door leading outside, use a large box fan to remove any mold spores. Be sure to cover any part of the window or door with a plastic drop cloth or cardboard so the spores can’t accidently blow back into the room. DO NOT use fans if blowing into another room in the facility – only use if there’s a direct path outside.

7.      Bleach: Use bleach and water to treat mold-infected areas.

8.      Bucket for cleaning

9.      Scrub brush

10.  Flathead screwdriver for grout lines

How to Remove Mold

After you’ve put on your protective clothing and set up any appropriate ventilation, it’s time to start treating the mold-infected areas. If you can’t ventilate the room properly, seal it off from the rest of the facility until cleaning is complete. Be sure to cover any air vents or turn off the ventilation system.

When you’re ready to start, use the spray bottle to gently wet the mold. This will help to prevent spores from flying into the air as you clean. Then use a 1:8 bleach/water mixture to clean the infected areas. Scrub using a tough cleaning brush or use a flathead screwdriver to gently scrape mold from grout lines. Consider adding some detergent to your cleaning mixture to make it easier to lift the mold.

Rinse surfaces well. Wipe down the walls, floors, and any other treated surface and launder or dispose of the used towels. Place them in a large trash bag to try to keep any of the mold from escaping.

Preventing Mold from Returning

Treating mold can be a relatively quick and inexpensive process, but it’s even easier to prevent mold and mildew from occurring in the first place. One of the best ways is to reduce the amount of moisture in the room. However, this is difficult to do in locker rooms and showers.

So the next option for preventing mold is to use materials in your facility that are naturally resistant to mold and mildew. Materials like high-density polyethylene, or HDPE, are known for their high resistance to mold. Not only that, but HDPE is also resistant to bacteria and rust.

Are Dressing Compartments the Future for Public Locker Rooms?


We’re all familiar with the traditional locker room design: one long bench for every row of tall lockers and maybe a community shower area. The only privacy you have is behind a towel or in the bathroom stall, assumingthe locker room actually has a bathroom.

But with the recent debate over LGBTQ rights and gender-neutral bathrooms, privacy has become a major topic of conversation. It also has many building designers wondering if dressing compartments will soon be the norm in public locker rooms.

3 Benefits of Dressing Compartments in Public Locker Rooms

Individual dressing compartments actually make a lot of sense for use in public locker rooms. For one, they provide more privacy to guests than the traditional open floor plans for obvious reasons. It’s also likely that if guests feel more comfortable using your facility, they’ll be likely to return and refer their family and friends.

Another benefit of dressing compartments is that they’re easy to install. They can even be ceiling mounted, which leaves the floor completely clear. This makes it incredibly easy for the cleaning team to wash the floors effectively while also protecting the mounting gear from rust or corrosion.

Speaking of rust and corrosion, materials like high-density polyethylene (HDPE) can be used for dressing compartments that are perfect in locker rooms. This tough plastic resists rust, mold, graffiti, and bacteria. With HDPE dressing compartments, you can add more privacy to locker rooms while at the same time creating a healthier environment.

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Are There Limitations to Dressing Compartments in Locker Rooms?

Although the benefits of adding dressing compartments to any locker room are obvious, they don’t come without certain drawbacks that need to be considered. For example, if you plan to add dressing compartments to an existing locker room, you’ll need to find room for them first. While some locker room designs may have an unused area that’s perfect for adding a few dressing compartments, others may need a slight floorplan redesign.

Meanwhile, franchise organizations like national fitness centers with multiple locations may face another obstacle: widespread implementation. While adding dressing compartments to one locker room may take some planning, it’s certainly a larger task to execute this update for multiple rooftops that may have unique floorplans. However, that’s not to say that adding dressing compartments shouldn’t be considered?

Will Dressing Compartments Be Mandatory in Locker Rooms?

As more people express support for federal legislation that would require gender-neutral bathrooms in all commercial buildings, it’s possible that a similar movement could focus on privacy issues within modern locker rooms. But will dressing compartments become a mandatory design feature for all locker rooms? It may be too soon to say.

However, legal mandates aside, the benefits that dressing compartments can have on a locker room and a facility are undeniable.

Want to learn more about HDPE dressing compartments? Check our free dressing compartments product kit.

Are Your School’s Lockers Ready for Back to School?


Year after year, school lockers take quite a beating: slamming doors, the weight of textbooks and supplies, even graffiti and rust—a lot can lead to locker breakdown. That’s why it’s so important to inspect lockers at the beginning of each school year to ensure that they’re safe and in good condition for the next wave of students.

That process begins with a back-to-school locker assessment completed by your school’s maintenance team or other faculty members.

School Locker Assessment Plan

It’s a good idea for you or your maintenance team to do a complete walk-through of the school before officially opening doors to new students. Be sure to inspect the lockers carefully, checking for any signs of damage or neglect. It might be helpful to create a map so you can mark off any lockers that need further attention.

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Here’s what to look for:

  • Any signs of rust: Rust can be extremely dangerous when left untreated. Not only does it compromise the security of the locker, but it can also create sharp edges that could spread tetanus if a student accidently gets cut.
  • Graffiti: One thing that leads to the occurrence of more graffiti is actually the presence of graffiti itself. So be sure to cover or remove any graffiti as soon as possible. This will also help to improve the overall perception of your school’s quality and security.
  • Dents: A dented locker isn’t just an eyesore; it can also affect the locker’s ability to keep students’ belongings safe, especially if the dent allows someone to slip a hand inside the locker without needing to open the lock. Replace dented or damaged lockers immediately.

While many schools will find that replacing lockers is the best option, you’ll want to consider the material your new lockers are made of. That’s because traditional metal lockers, for example, are particularly prone to rust, graffiti, and other types of damage. Meanwhile, materials like high-density polyethylene (HDPE) naturally resist such damage.

HDPE as an Alternative Locker Material

In 2011, Danville Middle School was hit by devastating flood waters brought on by Tropical Storm Lee. The Pennsylvania school was submerged in up to 8 feet of dirty, polluted water, which damaged everything from classrooms to the library and even the district’s computer and telephone networks.

But some of the worst damage was to the school’s lockers, which were exposed to bacteria from the contaminated waters and began to rust.

When replacing the lockers, school officials decided to go with HDPE lockers for several reasons, including that HDPE is naturally resistant to bacteria, which now helps the school maintain a cleaner and healthier learning environment, and that the HDPE plastic is naturally resistant to rust (as well as dents and graffiti).

Which Lockers Are Best for Your School?

While every school is a little bit different, they all have the same goal: to provide students with a safe environment to learn and grow. Choosing the right materials for your facility can be just as important as the books and curriculums you choose. So before the start of the new school year, be sure to inspect the condition of your school’s lockers and ensure that they’re ready to serve your students.

Want to learn more about when to replace your lockers? Download this free Locker Replacement Checklist. In addition to walking you through the inspection process, this checklist includes helpful information about how to determine if your lockers need to be replaced or if they can be repaired at a lower cost.

How Your Hospital Locker Rooms Could Be a Breeding Ground for Bacteria


Any medical official can tell you that MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), simply known as infections that are resistant to antibiotics, can be extremely serious. That’s why it’s important to protect your hospital’s locker rooms from essentially becoming a Petri dish for this and other harmful bacteria.

However, like most things in life, there’s a right way and a wrong way to make sure that your staff and patients are protected.

Keeping Hospital Locker Rooms Bacteria-Free

For some, trying to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria is solved by treating every surface with vast amounts of heavy-duty cleaning products. However, this actually creates a number of additional concerns.

For one, the use of industrial cleaning products in large amounts can be harmful to the surfaces they’re being used to clean. Many cleaning products contain corrosive elements that can wear down certain materials like wood and metals. When these materials begin to corrode, it causes unnecessary maintenance and repair costs for building officials.

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More importantly, these cleaning products can be harmful to the cleaning staff, who may be accidently overexposing themselves to fumes and corrosive liquids. For these reasons, it’s important to use cleaning products only as directed or to consider alternative options.

One way to keep your hospital locker rooms free of bacteria is to use bacteria-resistant materials like HDPE, or high-density polyethylene.

Bacteria-Resistant Locker Rooms

HDPE is a heavy-duty plastic material that can be manufactured into lockers, shower stalls, bathroom partitions, and more. This durable material is naturally resistant to bacteria and incredibly easy to clean. Since they have color throughout and aren’t painted, cleaning staff can power wash HDPE surfaces without fear of causing damage.

Just how resistant to germs are HDPE materials? According to independent tests, 98.4% of MRSA bacteria on HDPE surfaces died within just 24 hours without the use of any cleaning products.

In addition to limiting the growth of bacteria, HDPE is resistant to dents, scratches, rust, and graffiti. These qualities make it ideal for use in medical facilities as well as schools, government buildings, and more.

HDPE in the Real World

Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, IL, is familiar with the benefits of HDPE materials, having chosen them for use in the clinical area and nurse’s lounge. To maintain a healthy and safe environment, 500 HDPE lockers was installed to replace the previous metal ones.

“The new lockers are much more hygienic than metal because bacteria cannot live on the surface for very long,” said Mary Grimm, RN, nurse manager for maternal child services at the hospital.

Read the full Little Company of Mary Hospital Case Study for more information about their experience with HDPE materials. If you’d like to know how you can use HDPE lockers, shower stalls, and partitions in your hospital locker room, contact us at Scranton Products today.

How to Reduce Locker Room Theft


Whether you’re at the gym, school, or your place of employment, lockers are a convenient way to keep your belongings safe. However, when thieves target those locker rooms, it puts your personal property at risk.

Below are ways that you can reduce locker room theft whether you’re a member using the locker room or a facility manager.

How Can Members Reduce Locker Room Theft?

While lots of people use lockers in their daily lives – workers, students, athletes – we’ll use the term member to refer to anyone who uses a locker. For members to reduce locker room theft, there are certain precautions that should be taken.

  • Leave valuables at home. If possible, don’t store valuables in your locker. Thieves who continuously come up empty handed when breaking into lockers are likely to turn their attention somewhere else. However, we understand that sometimes it’s unavoidable to store valuables inside the locker.
  • Invest in a quality lock. A cheap lock that’s easily cut, picked, or otherwise compromised can be tempting to thieves looking for an easy target. Instead, purchase a heavy-duty lock from a quality manufacturer.
  • Choose a locker in a visible area. Although the entire locker room should feel like a safe place, based on its design, there may be some areas that are more prone to criminal activity. The back corners, for example, could provide ample coverage for a thief to feel concealed enough to attempt breaking into a locker. Chose a locker that’s in the open and next to other lockers in use.

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How Can Managers Reduce Locker Room Theft?

As helpful as it is to have your members working to reduce locker room theft, their efforts may be futile if not backed up by the facility administrators.

As the managers of a locker room or a building which houses a locker room, it’s your responsibility to take actionable steps toward deterring theft. Here’s what you can do:

  • Know who’s in your facility. One way to do this is by requiring membership or photo ID cards. This gives you a way to monitor who’s in the building when the thefts occur. You can also require nonmembers to provide identification and sign in/out.
  • Monitor the locker room areas. If you can, keep a staff member nearby the locker room entrance to monitor people coming in and out. Train staff members on how to politely approach a suspicious person. Conduct walkthroughs at irregular times throughout the day.
  • Keep lockers in good condition. Damaged lockers can be easily broken into. Not to mention, a locker room that’s in poor condition can send a message to would-be criminals that building officials don’t care. If your lockers need repairs, consider replacing them with highly durable HDPE lockers.

In addition to being resistant to rust and dents, lockers made from HDPE plastics are extremely strong and effective at deterring would-be thieves. To learn more about HDPE and how it can help to reduce locker room theft in your facility, contact us today at Scranton Products.

Components to Consider When Designing College Campus Locker Rooms




Designing a college campus locker room is no easy task. There are a lot of things to consider, like how to circulate foot traffic through the space and what kind of materials to use for the lockers, vanities, and stalls. Making sure to run through these concepts during the design phase will help to ensure a well-planned and high-functioning locker room that students will love.

Now let’s take a closer look at some of the major components to consider when designing a locker room.

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Locker Room Amenities

Although most people think of lockers and showers when picturing locker rooms, and for good reason, they aren’t the only amenities you want to consider. For instance, dry and wet vanities are an important component of any well-built locker room. These vanities provide students an ideal place to shave or apply makeup.

Traffic Circulation

It’s not enough to design a locker room with showers, bathrooms, and changing space. The flow of the locker room should make sense and inhibit a good flow of traffic. The main path should have enough room for two people to pass each other, and access to dry areas from wet areas should be somewhat direct and close while still providing an adequate level of privacy.


Determining how many lockers to have inside your locker room depends on a variety of factors. For one, how many people can your facility accommodate? The next thing to consider is the number of students you reasonably expect to be using the lockers. A result of busy student life may find more students arriving dressed to work out and then returning home to change and shower.

In the end, it will be a mixture of user necessity and space availability that will determine how many lockers to provide.


Most designers know that the shower area should be tiled to provide a moisture-resistant surface, but not just any type of tiles will do. You need to make sure that they have a proper slip-resistant texture to prevent accidental falls. Smaller tiles, about one square inch or less, are usually best.

For the shower stalls themselves, you might consider using a highly durable plastic that’s resistant to mildew and rust.

Choosing the Right Materials

There are plenty of options when it comes to materials for your college campus locker rooms. However, given its often-humid nature, certain materials fare better than others. For example, wood can be extremely prone to mold, mildew, and rotting when exposed to moisture, making it a poor choice for shower stalls or wet vanities.

Another popular option because of its durability is metal. However, metal is prone to rusting and denting, which means you’ll need to replace it later on down the road.

HDPE plastic, on the other hand, is highly durable and resistant to virtually all locker room hazards. In fact, HDPE has been tested to resist rust, scratches, dents, mildew, corrosion, and even graffiti.

To learn more about choosing the right material for your college campus locker room, download the free eBook 7 Crucial Mistakes Architects Make When Choosing Bathroom Partitions or Locker Materials.

Unknowingly Hazardous Items at Your Child’s School

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Although teachers, administrators, and staff do their best to make American schools a safe place for children to learn and play, there are some dangers that simply can’t be avoided. What’s even more precarious is that many of these dangers seem fairly innocent, playing a mundane role in the daily lives of school children.

In an article published by HealthGrove, experts used data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to evaluate the most dangerous items involved in school-related injuries reported between 1997 and 2014. The resulting list of 20 items included some unsurprising offenders, such as scissors (No. 19) and paint (No. 17). However, at No. 8 on the list, an average of 7,558 injuries each year involved something much more commonplace. The culprit: ordinary lockers.

Lockers: A Hidden Danger to Children?

Although many people might have fond memories of their high school locker, hanging pictures of their favorite bands or celebrity crushes, a surprising number of injuries each year involve these convenient hallway hideaways. In addition to impact injuries, metal lockers pose another serious threat: tetanus. Even in areas not subject to excessive moisture, rust can form on metal lockers and cause additional damage as the rust spreads.

Slowly, the rust will deteriorate the locker, leaving behind sharp edges that can easily cut or injure a student. This is one reason why many schools are transitioning away from traditional metal lockers and looking toward newer and less harmful materials. One possible answer lies in HDPE solid plastics.

A New Kind of Locker for Your Child’s School

Unlike metal lockers, lockers made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) are resistant to rust and corrosion. These non-porous lockers are also resistant to odors, dents, mildew, and even graffiti, making them not only safe but cost-effective for school officials. Lower maintenance costs mean those budget dollars could go toward programming or purchasing school supplies.

In addition to possibly reducing the number of injuries and helping schools save on their yearly budget, HDPE lockers are quieter than metal lockers, reducing noise in the hallways between or during classes. And some lockers made from this durable material are GREENGUARD Gold Certified, making them safe for the environment.

What Is GREENGUARD Certification?

GREENGUARD Certification means that the certified product has met some of the highest standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air indoors. According to the GREENGUARD website, the “Gold standard includes health based criteria for additional chemicals and also requires lower total VOC emissions levels to ensure that products are acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities.”

All of the brands produced by Scranton Products, including their HDPE lockers, are GREENGUARD Gold Certified. This certification increases the safety level of these lockers as a terrific replacement for traditional metal lockers found in many schools.

Contact Scranton Products for more information about their building solutions.