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.

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Using Products with Purpose in the Dallas School System Redesign

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Next Gen Partitions - White Scranton Products provides bathroom partitions, lockers, showers and dressing compartments and vanities for facilities looking for visually appealing, durable, long-lasting, sustainable products. They provide the best products in the industry, utilizing High Density Polyethylene plastic, or HDPE, for high performance that offers improvements to a facility’s air quality and reduces environmental impact. When the Dallas school system was in need of a redesign in 2008, the citizens approved a $1.35 billion bond program to reshape the school district through 61 different products. Dated facilities were replaced with state of the art environments including elementary, middle and high schools across the city.

Scranton Products Used in Redesign

Among the many products selected specifically to meet the needs of the Dallas school system was the broad-based installation of bathroom partitions from Scranton Products, (This sentence doesn’t make any sense which according to were among the products preferred by Dallas ISD’s maintenance department. Available in an assortment of colors and styles, Dallas’ partition of choice was Hiny Hiders Paisley Color with a EX Texture, a black bespectacled with white dots with a ridged texture. In addition to their appealing look and feel, the Scranton Products partitions also met numerous other criteria cited by the city for its new school bathrooms. This included absorbing all the forms of punishment that thousands of students, teachers and parents could deliver every day for the foreseeable future. These benefits include the ability to never rust or delaminate as well as resist dents, scratches, graffiti, corrosion, mildew and moisture. They are also fully power-washable and can be firmly installed in three configurations; floor mounted overhead-braced, ceiling-hung or floor-to-ceiling.

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The Preferred Choice

Scranton Products were a top choice for the redesign of Dallas’ school system. Architect Jason Mellard commented on the choice to selected Scranton Products. “Durability was certainly an important consideration when we planned this project. It really must be able to stand up to just about anything, while constantly dealing with relentless wear and tear. That’s why the Scranton Products’ partitions were chosen by the district for installation throughout the school system. They are exceptionally tough and with the proper support are virtually impossible to rip from the floors. Plus, they just look nice. Their black finish with textured dots provided an attractive complement to our overall design and color scheme.”

 

Products for a Sustainable Environment

Scranton Products are created with HDPE plastic, which allows facilities to support a healthier environment. These products reduce environmental impact and offer improvements to the indoor air quality of your facility. They’re also Greenguard Gold certified, a certification that offers strict criteria and considers safety factors that account for sensitive people such as children and the elderly. If you’re interested in reducing your footprint and creating a healthy environment with clean air, click here to find out where to buy Scranton Products.

Why You Need to Care about ASTM Standards

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When you’re purchasing products for your facility, you want to make sure they’re long-lasting and high-quality. You also want to make sure they’re safe for use and they perform the way they’re supposed to. The products in your facility are investments and it’s crucial that they are the deliverables you’re in need of. ASTM (The American Society for Testing and Materials) will help you determine whether your products adhere to these standards.

What are ASTM Standards?

ASTM is recognized globally as a leader in development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. Over 12,000 ASTM standards are used all over the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and to let customers know they can count on products. ASTM serves many industries, such as metals, construction, petroleum, consumer products and more. Standards have been developed in accordance with the guiding principles of the World Trade Organization. These standards are used by individuals, companies and institutions globally. Government regulators cite standards in laws, regulations and codes.

How is an ASTM standard developed?

A member of an ASTM technical committee will identify a need to develop a standard. Group members will prepare a draft standard and it is then reviewed by its parent subcommittee.

Why is this important?

When individuals, companies, or institutions have products that adhere to ASTM standards, their products are proven to be reliable. Many tests are performed to find out vital information about the products and what they have to offer consumers. Consumers can rest assured knowing that the products they are purchasing will be effective and perform the way they expect it to. They also know that the standards make these products safe for use so that they’re not in danger. These standards also allow suppliers to know that their products are top notch and they’re offering the best quality to their customers.

Do Scranton Products adhere to ASTM standards?

Scranton Products are durable, sustainable and microbial resistance. HDPE plastic exhibited no microbial growth during a 21-day testing period which was conducted in accordance with ASTM D3293. While HDPE was microbial free, Phenolic had mold and mildew growth. The durability of Scranton Products also adheres to ASTM standards. The abrasion resistance of various bathroom partition materials was measured in accordance with ASTM G195, which resulted in HDPE having the best abrasion resistance with the lowest surface wear. Based on graffiti resistance, Scranton Products adheres to ASTM standards. Testing was conducted in accordance with ASTM D6578 which provides a standard set of conditions that can be used to evaluate the graffiti resistance of a surface. Seven marking agents and six cleaning products were used in the evaluation to show that HDPE is graffiti resistant utilizing no specialized maintenance procedure or additional coating. ASTM standards go a long way in proving how valuable a product is. Click here to find out where you can buy Scranton Products.

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Duralife Lockers: The Wild Animal Friendly Accessory Your School Needs

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Scranton Products continues to lead the locker industry with its High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) products. Duralife Lockers have been specially designed to meet the demands of the school environment are the only HDPE plastic lockers that are fully fire-rated for your corridor application. Even if your facility has to deal with the occasional mouse, rat, or wild animal, it’s no test for HDPE plastic lockers. Learn more about the benefits of Duralife Lockers and what they can offer you.

Material and Product Features

Duralife Lockers are made of HDPE plastic material which is engineered for strength and durability. The durable material that these lockers are made with can hold up against regular wear and tear as well as force that other materials would not be able to handle.

While many opt for the traditional metal lockers for hallway corridors, there are many common issues with this material. They often rust, the paint easily chips off, and graffiti removal can be very difficult. But Duralife Lockers have provided the industry with material that’s superior in terms of durability, maintenance and even aesthetics.

The HDPE material makes Duralife Lockers the most durable locker solution in the industry Students opening and closing their lockers and cramming their books and belongings within them is not an issue for HDPE material.

Benefits of Duralife Lockers

The benefits of Duralife Lockers are greater than any other material in the industry. Learn more about these benefits below.

Durability: An impact test conducted following ASTM standards concluded that Duralife Lockers had 59 times greater resistance to impacts when compared to metal lockers. The HDPE material holds up against dents, scratches and even graffiti.

Maintenance: Maintaining metal lockers is a hassle, from the way they’re easily damaged, to the difficulty of removing graffiti.  Metal lockers are known for bringing additional expenses years after they are installed due to having to  clean, paint and repair on a daily and yearly basis.  This is often overlooked. Within just two years, Duralife HDPE lockers are less expensive than metal lockers. Overtime, the accumulated savings are sky-high.

Aesthetics: When lockers are durable, their aesthetics last much longer than lockers that are easily damaged. One way your lockers will always be aesthetically pleasing is by holding up against dents, scratches, and the impact that they’ll face daily. Metal lockers are prone to dents, scrapes and chipped paint which can look unsightly.

Wild Animal Compliant: Duralife Lockers are made of HDPE plastic material which is non-porous, meaning it resists odors, mold, mildew, graffiti, and even the damage that could be left behind by critters that may roam in your facility.

When you’re looking for lockers for your school hallway, Duralife Lockers should be your first choice. The HDPE plastic material can hold up against damage that metal lockers cannot withstand.

To learn more about Scranton Products’ DuraLife Lockers, click here to download our free eBook, Sustainable Building Products: How to Make Your Facility Eco-Friendly from Top to Bottom.

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Leaving a Lasting Impression with Tufftec Lockers

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Tufftec Lockers creates tough, durable, aesthetically pleasing lockers and benches for your facility that will hold up against wear and tear, odors, and graffiti. The groundbreaking High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) material that these lockers are made of makes them resistant to even the harshest daily use. No matter what type of facility you’re running, you’ll benefit from all that Tufftec Lockers have to offer.

Find out more about why Tufftec Lockers are the most durable, cost-effective products in the industry.

Durability at Its Finest

Tufftec Lockers are engineered for strength and durability, with the HDPE plastic material holding up to daily use, while also remaining low maintenance. HDPE plastic material is resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew, which is crucial no matter what type of facility you’re running, but can make all the difference.

Maintenance for your Tufftec Lockers will be low, as HDPE plastic never needs painting, is scratch resistant, impermeable to moisture, graffiti resistant, power washable and steam cleanable. The years of everyday low maintenance will also save you a substantial amount. While metal lockers are the cheaper option initially, the cost of maintenance adds up overtime.

Customized for Your Facility

In addition to saving you money and looking beautiful in your facilities, there are also ways for you to customize your HDPE plastic lockers to make them your own. Tufftec Lockers provide you the ability to engrave your company or team logo.  The option to customize your Tufftec Lockers allows you to create an even greater aesthetic appeal rather than just having generic looking lockers.

Choose from Various Options

When it comes to durable, visually-appealing lockers, one size does not fit all facilities. That’s why Tufftec Lockers offers a variety of style options and accessories. These locker designs come in many different configurations so you can make the most of your space while also providing design options that are complementary to your architecture.

Choose from athletic lockers, emergency response lockers, industrial lockers, healthcare lockers, recreational lockers, cubbie lockers, education lockers and specialty lockers.

Style options include standard and Z-lockers, as well as open lockers without doors such as the athletic style, the utility style, and even cubbies.

The venting style is also important, as ventilation can serve a huge purpose depending on what type of facility you’re choosing for. Whether your facility calls for a small amount of ventilation, or a full lattice mesh side and top vent.

You can even choose what type of locker base, handle and fillers that you believe will work best for your facility. Also choose from various lock options, plastic benches, hooks and even ADA compliant conversion kits that are available with ADA plaques, adjustable shelves and clips.

Tufftec Lockers are “where solid plastic construction meets good looks.” Whatever you envision your facility to look like; you can achieve it with Tufftec Lockers.

To get a better understanding of HDPE lockers and all that they have to offer, click here to download our free eBook, The Ultimate Guide to HDPE Lockers. This guide will discuss the benefits of HDPE material and why these lockers are superior to other materials.

The Best Methods for Removing Graffiti from Lockers and Bathroom Walls

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In schools or public facilities, bathroom walls and locker rooms are at a high risk of graffiti. While it’s difficult to catch vandalism in the act, one of the best things that a facility manager can do is develop an effective plan for removing the graffiti as quickly as possible once it shows up. But what’s the best method for removing graffiti from lockers and bathroom walls?

Scranton Products is here to give you some quick and easy tips to return your facilities to their pristine state after vandalism. Read on to learn the best methods for removing graffiti from lockers and bathroom walls.

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School & Locker Room Locker Warranties

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If you’re redesigning a locker room or school, you want to be sure that you’re getting top-level value lockers that are built to last and backed by a warranty that proves it. When you look at lockers from Scranton Products, you’ll see that we stand by our products and are confident that they’re built to last.

Scranton Products offers two types of lockers that are designed for a wide variety of uses. Whether for a gym, a school, or for your employees, you want to be sure that you’re making the best selection available.

One ways that you can see how Scranton Products’ lockers are your best option is by diving into the warranties that support them. Read on below to learn more. Read more

Can your Lockers be Durable and Still Look Good?

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When it comes to installing new lockers, you have many choices as far as available materials. While metal lockers are believed to durable and reliable, their design lacks visual appeal. And while plastic lockers have a new-age design, people have the misconception that they aren’t as strong as metal lockers. So can lockers be durable and still look good?

Contrary to popular belief, you can have durable and good-looking lockers for your facility by choosing HDPE plastic lockers, such as Scranton Products’ Duralife lockers. Continue reading so you can learn just how Duralife lockers are superior to metal lockers in both looks and durability. Read more

Why are my Lockers Growing Mold?

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It’s never a good feeling for facility managers when they notice the growth of mold on the inside or outside of their lockers. The result can require time-consuming steps to clean and  remove the mold as well as further inspection to find the root of the problem and  rid the lockers of any further mold.

If you’re a facility manager and you see this unwanted growth, you’re probably wondering to yourself, why are my lockers growing mold?

To help you understand the common problem of mold or mildew in your lockers, read on as Scranton Products dives into the cause of this common issue, its negative consequences, and an easy solution. Read more