Fabric Building Solutions as Decontamination Shelters

When people and equipment come into contact with dangerous substances, whether man-made or natural, they must be thoroughly cleaned and decontaminated for the safety of themselves and others. Otherwise, you risk the health of uncontaminated workers and the general populace. When the hazardous materials are distanced from a central headquarters, it is much too dangerous to travel all the way back before the decontamination process begins.

Our mobile and quickly erected fabric buildings provide an ideal solution for this situation, and because they’re fully customized, they can be designed and manufactured to meet both small, local decontamination needs, as well as large, scale disaster decontamination efforts.

Prevent Further Contamination with Big Top’s Fabric Structures

Making contact with hazardous chemicals or radioactive materials is common in certain situations, including mining, manufacturing, healthcare and environmental cleanup. These materials may stick to equipment, vehicles and protective clothing if they are not properly cleaned, and the health risks may be tremendous if other workers or the general public become exposed to them.

To keep hazardous materials from circulating outside of an area known to be contaminated, all of the people and equipment must go through a decontamination process. For people, this process includes a thorough shower and a change of clothes in rooms separated by walls or dividers. Chemical cleaners, UV radiation, ionization or other techniques may also be necessary. Exposed vehicles and equipment are also thoroughly decontaminated or disinfected after exiting such an environment.

The confines of a Big Top fabric building can be divided and custom designed to accommodate the many specific steps needed for proper decontamination processes.

Portable Fabric Structures Provided Added Value

Portability is the most important quality when it comes to decontamination shelters, but the tented enclosures from Big Top Manufacturing also provide several other benefits. The galvanized steel frame can be assembled quickly by general laborers, and the hot-dipped zinc coating protects it from corrosion. The fabric cover is available in several weights and fits tightly over the frame to protect those within from the elements and those outside from contaminants.

Once it is fully constructed, a Big Top shelter is completely stable and can withstand all types of weather, including 120-mph winds. The frame is guaranteed to be maintenance free, and the fabric is warrantied for up to 10 years. In addition, light passes through the white fabric, which reduces the need for high-amperage electrical systems.

The shelter can be constructed as a single unit with dividers, or several smaller modules can be joined to create completely separate rooms. Full climate-control systems can then be installed as necessary. In a decontamination shelter, a running water system, drains and ventilation may be required. An HVAC system can also be used to create areas of negative pressure that filter contaminants and keep them contained within certain sections of the shelter.