HEALTH CARE AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONTROL PRODUCTS
Handling, controlling, and disposing of contaminated material in a safe manner requires proper techniques and supplies.
Whether you are facing biological, chemical, or radiological hazards, the best work results from having the best equipment. To protect personnel, health care professionals and civilian populations from these hazards, Lancs Industries provides controlled environments and isolation chambers. As an aid to prevent the spread of infectious disease and other biohazards, Lancs Industries offers a wide variety of Contamination Control Devices, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Plastic Film Products.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
For over 40 years, Lancs has produced the highest quality, custom personal protective equipment, made here in the United States. These suits and related products can be made from a variety of materials, customized to your workers’ needs and your specifications. We manufacture a variety of PPE items including:
• One and Two-Piece Plastic Suits (non-permeable)
• Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) rated at 99.97% effective for .3 micron particles
• Airline Respirators
• Gloved barrier walls
Glovebags are soft-sided enclosures that form a small work area to confine the spread of contamination. Access to the glovebag interior via gloved sleeves facilitates work on contaminated items which are inside the chamber without directly contacting the contaminated surface. Work can also continue in adjacent areas without stoppage. As certain job functions are performed, possible exposure to airborne particles and contamination can be greatly reduced. These systems can be drained to HEPA-filtered poly bottles to capture any dangerous or contagious liquids. Sizes range from a small table top biological sample handling unit to larger personal isolation chambers.
Containment tents create controlled environments that prevent hazardous contamination from spreading outside of the tent, or protect workers while they are inside the tent from exposure to hazards or environmental factors outside the tent. Reduced overall exposure levels and minimized cleanup operations decrease exposure to your employees. Containment tents are also used as temporary emergency work areas. In addition to Containment Tents, we offer a full line of HEPA and ULPA ventilation units and portable wet/dry vacuums. These Negative HEPA Ventilation Tents can range in size from patient containment to large enough to handle several Semi Trucks at once. For remote applications, Electric Power Generators and Distribution, A/C, and other services can be provided. These tents can be designed for hurricane force winds.
Lancs produces a wide variety of plastic film used in medical environments and facilities to aid in disease and airborne disease control:
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
PVC is in the form of an unsupported film that exhibits excellent flexibility and strength. It is available in a wide range of thicknesses, finishes, and colors, with the most common provided by Lancs shown below.
PU is in the form of an unsupported film that exhibits superior toughness and durability. Since PU does not contain Chlorides, it is safe to incinerate for disposal. It is available in a wide range of thicknesses, finishes, and colors, with the most common provided by Lancs shown below.
PE is in the form of an unsupported film that offers outstanding water and chemical resistance at an economical cost. It does not contain Chlorides and is safe to incinerate for disposal. It is available in a wide range of thicknesses, finishes, and colors, with the most common provided by Lancs shown below.
Laminated material is comprised of a base cloth with a woven or knit open mesh made from either nylon or polyester which is bonded between two layers of vinyl film (PVC). The resulting material has one side that is smoother and one side that is textured with the mesh pattern of the base cloth. It can be electronically heat-sealed to weld together. (Laminated material can also be made with Polyurethane instead of PVC.)
Unlike unsupported films, laminated material is measured by weight (ounces per square yard) rather than thickness. It is available in a range of weights and colors, with all material being opaque.
Lancs Industries supplies a branded line of vinyl/nylon laminated fabrics under the name PACIFITEX. PACIFITEX is manufactured with fire retardant additives to comply with NFPA 701. It will not support combustion. PACIFITEX is certified to be free of leachable chlorides and other halides so as to be compatible for use with all types of stainless steel.
PACIFITEX is certified to be free of sulfur and mercury compounds.
TRAINING AND OTHER RESOURCES
Lancs is pleased to offer free training classes on radiological work practices and ALARA techniques at our plant facility in Kirkland, Washington.
TRAINING FOR YOUR STAFF: INNOVATIVE RADIOLOGICAL WORK PRACTICES AND ALARA TECHNIQUES
Two day training classes at Lancs cover all phases of radiological work and include the use of glovebags, tents, and radiation shielding. Lancs teaches your staff key best practices in ALARA safety which translate into lower dose for workers, shorter outages and overall cost savings for your facility.
Most of the training is hands-on. For example, students will learn how to fabricate glovebags and containment tents. Often an underutilized tool, glovebags create an isolated environment for maintenance and repair work to be performed, reducing the need for full body suits and respiratory equipment. The classroom portion will also touch on other engineered controls that workers can implement. The interaction between our staff and visiting radiological personnel has resulted in the development of customized products specifically tailored to solve individual site needs.
Lancs training sessions are led by Larry Waggoner who managed the Hanford ALARA Center for 12 years after working for 30 years with the Nuclear Power Division of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Larry is a Fellow of the Health Physics Society, a Registered Radiation Protection Technologist, and an Operational Health Physicist of the Year awardee from Hanford.
Classes are offered at no charge to accommodate radiological personnel. To schedule a training class contact Larry Waggoner at 425.823.6634 or lwaggoner@LancsIndustries.com.