Mobile Containment Units are vital for work that needs to be separated from patients during construction with patients in adjacent areas. In combination with the use of negative air machines, these tools are vital for specialty construction, remediation, and abatement projects.
Types of mobile dust containment systems
When it comes to mobile containment systems, you generally have two options: soft-sided or hard-sided. Many variations of these two systems are available on the market. Take time to make a wish list of features and find a unit that will work for your facility and project needs. Remember, the goal is to find a unit that will make your job easier; not harder.
Soft-Sided Containment Systems
- Construction usually includes an adjustable or collapsible metal frame, covered with a woven fabric or synthetic (nylon) cover.
- Soft-sided units are generally less expensive than hard-sided options.
- Can be difficult to clean (wipe down or vacuum).
- Fabric can collect dust and debris in folds.
- May be prone to rips and tears in fabric enclosure.
- Review set-up instructions; may require two people to set up.
Hard-Sided Containment Systems
- Usually hard sheet metal construction.
- Oftentimes still have a “soft” fabric attachment at the top for ceiling access (so it can still fit through doorways). Fabric attachments may be curtain style or zippered.
- Generally easy to wipe down and clean after use.
- Oftentimes include room for storage of tools, including ladders, to minimize trips in and out of unit.
- Some units include built-in negative air machines with HEPA-Filters (High Efficiency Particulate Air).
- Avoid designs with lots of crevices that may trap dust.