Virtually every type of business that stores belongings or supplies needs plastic or metal employee lockers.
Units are available in both plastic and metal, feature many ergonomic options which can be built into their design, and come in a wide spectrum of colors. This broad range of design choices make it possible for organizations to choose a unit with a size and shape ideally suited to their needs.
Police and fire stations routinely use them to store uniforms.
When they arrive at the station, the officer or fireman can change into the uniform prior to going on shift. This is a convenience factor that many public servants greatly appreciate.
In the maintenance and repair industry, where people have to wear heavy, protective clothing to work in dangerous areas, plastic and metal employee lockers are virtually essential.
The gear that many of these individuals must wear on the job can be cumbersome to wear when operating a smaller, personal vehicle. It is better and safer for them to wear normal clothing to the workplace, change into their protective gear, and then drive out to the job site in a service truck.
In the office world, plastic and metal employee lockers provide storage areas for people needing places to store everything from personal valuables to lunch boxes.
This frees up cabinet space, refrigerator space, and it also encourages personal responsibility for one’s belongings by giving people a secure location to store their belongings.
Since companies can choose either plastic or metal employee lockers, it is always good to look at the strengths that both materials offer to determine which will best meet the needs of a particular application. While metal still has specific applicability and preference in many applications, plastic is becoming increasingly popular due to its longevity and vandal resistance.
Plastic lockers are an economical choice for companies who are operating on tight budgets and are looking to minimize maintenance and replacement costs as much as possible.
This is because plastic is made to resist scratching, denting, and by nature does not rust. (Throw plastic out in the wild, for example, and it will last a 1000 years—about 800 years longer than our major cities would if they were abandoned and left to decay. Plastic is that tough).
Plastic has also been proven in case studies to perform much better than metal in recreational facilities and high humidity environments.
Because plastic is not affected by water, humidity index, or even chlorine, it is ideal for public swimming pools, gymnasiums, and public theme parks.
Nevertheless, nothing beats metal for ventilation when keeping materials dry constitutes a health and sanitation factor for an organization.
Welded metal employee lockers are vented so that air will constantly flow through the interior and keep the contents dry. For any application that requires the storage of clothing, uniforms, shoes, and special protective coverings that cannot afford to lay in the locker hot and sweaty, metal keeps the clothing dry.
Organizations like factories and schools that want to maximize ventilation of clothing can even buy security cage lockers that a welded wire structure made of 8 and 14 gauge metal that secures with a padlock.