Putting an emergency shower into a trailer is a no-brainer because of the portable nature of an emergency shower trailer. It can be quickly deployed to wherever it is needed.
There are a few key factors for this type of decontamination trailer or shower trailer. These 13 factors will help us design the proper unit for your job site.
1. Clean and warm water supply
The units can carry their own clean water supply or have an ability to access a water supply for larger and extended operation. This water will need to be warmed in almost all applications.
2. A larger shower for gross decontamination
This main shower can be fixed at ceiling level. As the employee enters, this shower head will wash the contaminant down from head to floor.
3. A hand-held shower to access areas that may be harder to reach
Just like in your shower at home a hand-held shower head is important to reach areas which may be missed or can spray an area which requires special attention.
In some applications a shower unit employee dressed in protective clothing can assist the worker in cleaning these areas. They also can apply a soap or other product to neutralize the hazard.
Also in this area, safety scissors mounted on the wall can aid in cutting off contaminated clothing.
4. Easy access for the single worker use
If it is a smaller job site and only one employee is affected, they may walk into the unit and pull a handle valve to activate the shower. This is similar to the wash stations in many laboratories.
5. Simple multi-person use
If several workers are exposed but able to walk through the shower there should be a large door on each side so there is one way in and a separate way out. This keeps the line moving as quickly as possible.
6. Access for injured workers
This is important for a work environment that has an accident where not only is there an exposure but one or several workers are injured. This shower should have the ability to handle the normal stokes basket. This rescue basket with the worker inside will fit in the door on the entry side and the use of rollers to allow the patient to be cleaned and moved out the other side of the shower.
In this way, the next injured worker can be placed in the shower. This “car wash” method is efficient in cleaning several injured workers.
Once out the other side they will be turned over to medical personnel “clean” so no other personnel are at risk and the ambulance is not contaminated.
7. Contaminated water collection capabilities
A tank to catch the contaminated water is a must. If an outside water source is used there needs to be a method of adding to this contaminated water.
This can be as simple as hazardous waste barrels filled and covered and left on the site for clean up later. Another option for large flow is portable water bladders.
8. Side eye wash station option for construction sites
One nice option for construction sites is an eye wash station. In one corner of the wash bay this small station allows workers who may have received exposure to their face and eyes to attend to this need.
9. Well-lit inside and out
These days, LED lights brightly light up our world. 12-volt LED lights can be used in the shower room and the exterior of the unit make it a safe place to operate.
10. Designed for year-round use
Depending on the climate these units will be operating in, heating and A/C units may be added along with insulation to protect the water supply.
Drains to empty all lines to prevent rupture and tank heaters are also options.
11. Rapid and easy setup, take down, and clean up
We all know that if it takes too long to set up or take down at the end of the day these tools will not be used. Set up should be simple and fast with electric start generators to power the pumps for instant use.
Take down if not used should be as simple as shutting off the generator.
Additionally, interior walls and floor finish should be designed for easy clean up.
12. Different size units depending on the application and location
Small 7’x12’ shower units are designed for smaller incidents determined by the quantity of workers. These smaller units are ideal to handle routine work, ease to access construction sites, off road applications, or small streets.
Larger multi-station units are best for large-scale incidents, more workers, and/or higher hazards. These units require more space more personnel to operate, more water, and more containment resources.
13. Storage for required supplies
On the exit side of the unit a compartment can be added to store disposable jump suits to clothe the workers after their shower.
In closing, these trailer shower and decontamination units can be designed for your specific needs. It doesn't have to be a one-size-fits-all unit because not all applications are the same.
We have smaller construction units designed and ready to go in a short build time. These small units are great for first responders, construction sites, or oil fields due to their ease of use. They’re easy to drive into small, rough areas.
Mid-sized and large units are just as important but not everybody has the budget, staff, and space to operate these units. If you need a larger unit, we are happy to have one built for you.
We would like to hear about your special needs and requirements for an emergency shower trailer or decontamination trailer. Give us a call at 630-524-2029 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the conversation started.