A group of specialist companies have combined their expertise in security, container fit-out and hygiene to create a new, rapidly deployable laboratory and test facility solution for the healthcare sector. Newcastle upon Tyne-based Modular Security Solutions has launched Steri-Pod, a containerised, self-cleaning high security unit which offers a hygienic laboratory environment for applications such as COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
Steri-Pod features UVC (Ultraviolet C) germicidal irradiation technology. This provides 24-hour protection – at a rate of 99.99% – against COVID viruses, bacteria, spores and fungi. Steri-Pod is the only containerised laboratory to use Plasma Clean – Airklean and RoomKlean UVGI (ultraviolet germicidal irradiation) infection control solutions.
In creating Steri-Pod, Modular Security Solutions – a high security composite panels specialist – has blended the convenience of an iso container with security and hygiene. Modular Security Solutions' high security composite panels are used to line out the container, creating a secure envelope and giving it a high level of resistance to attack and forced entry. Steri- Pod includes hygienic, wipe-clean and dust-resistant security walls, ceilings and floors, making it suitable for a CL3 laboratory environment.
Modular Security Solutions' high security composite panels are available with both rockwool and PIR insulation core types, which offer a high level of fire efficiency and a thermal U-value of up to 0.22W/m2K. Through Modular Security Solutions' partnership with Beaverfit Ltd, the company can provide Steri-Pod as a bespoke fit-out package, which can include mechanical and electrical fit-out, ventilation, heating and cooling systems, hygienic cabinet and storage options, racking and alarm systems.
The partnership has already successfully delivered high security, hygienic containerised medical units to the NHS in the West Midlands. Modular Security Solutions designs and supplies high security composite walling systems and enclosures that can be used to create new buildings, superstructures and can also be retro-fit into existing buildings to security harden specifically identified areas. Mark Sutherland, Projects Director of Modular Security Solutions, said: " The Steri-Pod has all the convenience of an iso-container, but has the benefits of high security, hygiene, thermal insulation, acoustic insulation and fire protection."
Dr David Glover, Founder and Technical Director of Plasma Clean, said: "It's been very exciting to work with Modular Security Solutions on creating this practical, 'self-cleaning' solution for the healthcare sector – and it's been particularly pleasing to see the results of our collaboration come to life during the UK's national lockdown. Both ourselves and Modular Security Solutions are innovators in our respective fields, and Steri-Pod is proof that some 'out of the box' thinking can lead to a solution capable of rapidly meeting specific technical demands.
Modular Security Solutions' high security composite panelling systems are rapidly installed and offer a significant reduction in labour costs, site down time and on-site trades, due to their convenient male/female slip joint and pre-finished appearance, which comes in a wide range of standard colours and finishes.