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Which safety barrier systems are best for your needs?

Safety barriers are a common solution to help protect staff, customers and the general public from safety hazards. Here is a guide to the different types of barrier and choosing the best option to suit your needs.


Safety barriers can help to prevent accidents or injuries for a number of reasons. They raise awareness and draw attention to safety hazards, restrict access to areas where untrained or non-authorised persons could have an accident and in some cases, they can physically prevent a person or vehicle from entering a dangerous area or reduce the impact of collisions. Employers and business owners have a legal responsibility to ensure safety measures are met under the ​​Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.



As well as protecting people from harm, safety barriers can also protect stock or equipment from damage and unauthorised access. They can also be used to control pedestrian traffic and flow -- a use which has been particularly relevant when enforcing social distancing and protecting staff and customers from coronavirus infection.


Different types of barriers are appropriate for different situations so here is a guide to the key types of barriers and where they are best suited for use.


Rigid or hard protective barriers

Usually used on roadsides, industrial or construction areas these are stronger than other safety barriers. When used by the roadside, it is advisable that barrier systems are implemented based on the Road Restraints Risk Assessment Process (RRRAP).



While larger industrial, roadside or construction sites may invest in steel or concrete barriers, there are also many plastic, lightweight barrier systems which have the advantage of being portable and easy to transport and store.



Titan Safety Barrier Fencing, 2m barrier £61.15
Titan Safety Barrier Fencing, 2m barrier £61.15


Titan Safety Barrier Fencing, 2m barrier £61.15


We stock a range of hard safety barriers. This Titan Safety Barrier system has several key elements to look out for including the fact that it is stackable and easy to use.



Crowd control barriers


There are numerous types of barriers designed to simply control the flow of pedestrian traffic. These are useful for controlling queues and particularly helpful for maintaining social distancing measures or one-way flow of foot traffic around premises. They can also ensure that hazardous areas or zones containing stock or products which need some protection are clearly marked off and access is restricted.


Common types include post and chain barrier systems and retractable belt or tape systems.



Plastic Bollards and Chains. Economy set including 5 posts, chain, plus 9 S-hooks  £134.00
Plastic Bollards and Chains. Economy set including 5 posts, chain, plus 9 S-hooks £134.00


Plastic Bollards and Chains. Economy set including 5 posts, chain, plus 9 S-hooks £134.00


This system is lightweight and easy to use and move to required locations. The plastic chains can be cut to size easily and are attached to the posts with S-hooks. See page 208 of our Safety Brochure:




Skipper Retractable Barrier, includes 9m hi vis tape.£59.79 per unit



Skipper Retractable Barrier, includes 9m hi vis tape.£59.79 per unit
Skipper Retractable Barrier, includes 9m hi vis tape.£59.79 per unit




Skipper Retractable Barrier, includes 9m hi vis tape.£59.79 per unit


Skipper offer a very flexible, economical and easy to use belt barrier system designed. The units are designed to fit on top of traffic cones, but the Skipper system also comes with posts and bases or wall mountable format if traffic cones are not to be used to position the barrier points. For dark areas or barriers being used at night there are also rechargeable LED lights designed to fit on top of the units.

Available in red and white or yellow and black. See page 214 of our Safety brochure:




Expanding barriers



Extending Trellis, 1000 x 3600 x 500mm £299.99
Extending Trellis, 1000 x 3600 x 500mm £299.99



Extending Trellis, 1000 x 3600 x 500mm £299.99


Ideal for blocking access to doorways and loading bays, extendable barriers are easy to put out or remove and can fit the required width of most entrance points.



As always our team are very knowledgeable about a range of different products to suit your needs and happy to help discuss your requirements. Call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com for more information, help and advice.

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