BUFFALO, MN — National Fleet Products, a global source for aftermarket accessories for commercial vehicles, recently announced the introduction of its new portable and vehicle-mounted hand-washing stations. The rugged, purpose-built product design allows water and hand sanitizer to be dispensed virtually anywhere, and application-specific hardware enables units to stand on their own or to be mounted to a wide variety of vehicles.
The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America lists hand-washing first under its guidelines for practicing good hygiene. However, until now, it has been difficult for vehicle operators, work crews and others functioning in isolated conditions to observe what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls “one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.”
The black or translucent white water-dispensing tanks come in 6.5 gallon and 10 gallon sizes and are made of durable, virgin polypropylene with an additive that makes them resistant to UV rays. An integrated removable soap dispenser serves as the cap to the filling port, and a separate cap is also available.
Spring-toggle water spigots are easy to operate and because they automatically stop water flow when no longer depressed, they eliminate recontamination because there is no need to touch them again once hands are clean. The spigots are recessed and side mounted to protect them from damage.
Portable units are available with sturdy, powder-coated steel frame stands that can be outfitted with additional accessories such as paper towel dispensers, graphic signage and more. Vehicle-mounted units are available with frame- and body-mounting hardware that is compatible with virtually any type of truck, including heavy-, medium- and light-duty pickups, work trucks, box vans, ag and construction equipment, trailers and more.
“Our versatile mobile hygiene station will be a game changer, making hand-washing more accessible and convenient and helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Steven Peterson, president of National Fleet Products, said. “These cleansing stations can go virtually anywhere and will now enable all sorts of businesses to protect their workers and their customers from transmitting disease.”
Now, workers who share tools and equipment can regularly clean their hands to reduce cross contamination with colleagues. The new units meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements for hand-washing stations at construction sites and can easily be positioned and repositioned as the need arises.
The vehicle-mounted hygiene station enables drivers and crews to sanitize their hands before reentering the vehicle. The system also allows workers and others to avoid unnecessary exposure to hand-washing fixtures in public restrooms, often recognized as key vectors for disease exposure and transmission.
“I had one municipal solid waste fleet tell me that they are excited to have such a versatile sanitizing solution, because they want to keep their people working, but they want to keep them safe in the process,” Peterson said. “Our new portable and vehicle-mounted hand-washing stations help establish new behaviors and reinforce better, more health-conscious habits.”
National Fleet Products’ new portable hand-washing stations can be located at warehouse shipping and receiving doorways, at manufacturing and commercial building points of entry, near fixed and portable restroom facilities, adjacent to food production stands, on construction project sites and at agriculture production and processing facilities. The vehicle-mounted hand-washing stations can go anywhere the vehicle goes.