Why polymer safety solutions are preferred in industrial environments

Safety is paramount in industrial environments. Choosing the right collision protection is critical. While traditional steel safety solutions have long been the standard, the advent of high quality polymer safety products has revolutionised the industry. Here are some compelling reasons why polymer protection is almost always the best choice over steel solutions.

Close-up of a Boplan FLEX IMPACT® TB 400 PLUS in a live setting - Safety barrier
Boplan impact test vehicle demonstrates the flexibility of a FLEX IMPACT® guard railing

Excellent shock absorption and at least as strong

Polymer safety solutions are renowned for their impressive shock-absorbing properties. This means that in the event of a collision, the impact is absorbed and distributed over a larger surface area, minimising damage to both the guard and the vehicle. Polymer crash protection has the same properties as steel in terms of strength but is non-destructive. As a result, polymer offers superior protection compared to steel, which primarily reflects the energy of a collision.

Lightweight and easy to install

Polymer safety products are significantly lighter than steel, making them easier to install and reducing the overall load on the infrastructure. This makes it a cost-effective choice, especially on large projects where multiple safety elements need to be installed.


Polymer safety barriers are easily adaptable. This makes it much easier to find a custom solution. A polymer application is also flexible, a characteristic not found in steel. In the event of a collision, the safety equipment will return to its original shape. A collision with a steel element will not only cause permanent damage to the protection itself, but the vehicle will also suffer damage.

Illustration of the modularity of a Boplan guarding rail

Modular design

Our polymer safety solutions are modular. No screws or bolts are required to interlock these parts, allowing some freedom of movement between the different elements. This 'loose' locking method reduces the risk of breakage on impact. Polymer is also easy to customise. A good example of this is the KP UNIVERSAL column protector. Because of its design, it can be made to fit any size column. This can be done by sawing the arms of the construction until it fits perfectly on the column. Working with steel in this way is a completely different matter.

Design versatility

Polymer offers design freedom that is difficult to match with steel. It can be shaped and customised to meet specific needs, making it suitable for a wide range of applications and environments. This allows for customisation and maximises the effectiveness of the protection.

Colourfast and highly visible

Unlike steel, polymer guards are not painted. They are made entirely of coloured material. A damaged steel construction will lose its colour, which is not possible with a polymer construction. Yellow is the best colour for polymer guards, but other colours are possible. In addition, they can easily be fitted with luminescent or reflective strips.

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Environmentally friendly

At a time when sustainability and environmental awareness are becoming increasingly important, polymer safety barriers offer an environmentally friendly alternative. Our polymer is fully recyclable and the manufacturing process has a lower environmental impact compared to traditional steel solutions.

Durability and longevity

Corrosion resistant

One of the biggest disadvantages of steel barriers is their susceptibility to corrosion. Especially in wet and chemically aggressive environments. Polymer, on the other hand, is completely immune to corrosion. This guarantees a longer lifespan and lower maintenance costs in the long run.

Weatherproof and resistant to toxic substances

Another weakness of steel is the potential for rust due to weather conditions. Paint can slow down this process, but eventually, corrosion will occur. Polymer is not subject to oxidation at all. Environments, where chemical products are processed or used, are also no problem for polymer safety barriers.

No floor damage

When a forklift truck hits a steel bollard, there is a chance that the bollard will be pushed out of the ground. The consequence: damage to both the forklift and the floor - a double repair cost. A polymer protective fence or bollard leaves the floor intact because it absorbs the force of the impact and distributes it over the entire volume.

Close-up of a Boplan FLEX IMPACT® TB 400 PLUS in a live setting - Safety barrier


As you can see, polymer safety products offer significant advantages over steel solutions in industrial environments. Polymer is a progressive choice that not only enhances safety but also improves the operational efficiency and sustainability of your facility.