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Check out our list of Dos and Don’ts in a cleanroom, a summary of cleanroom best practices for making the controlled environment function at peak performance. These are good resources for new cleanroom operators or those unsure about what steps to take in a cleanroom environment.
Cleaning a cleanroom or Cleanroom accessories looks a little counterproductive, right? As the name suggests, a cleanroom is already assumed to be clean, so what is the need to sterilise it? Sadly, no cleanroom, despite its ISO standard, is 100% efficient. When people move about in the cleanroom, particles will obviously fall and spoil your cleanroom frequently. That’s why it’s necessary to guarantee that you and your workers are constantly cleaning your cleanroom. As a newbie, follow these precautions as a standard cleanroom sterilisation method.
Research and development cleanrooms that operate on a daily basis for pharmaceutical or electronics development organizations, among others, must maintain the sanctity of their cleanroom space with proper, professional and thorough cleaning—nothing less. Avoiding or improperly cleaning the controlled space can result in catastrophic cross contamination, wrongful results, lawsuits or worse.
Whether lab technicians like it or not, cleanrooms are exposed to contaminants. Adulteration can occur from personnel, equipment, or even incorrect decontamination processes. Since many cleaning methods exist, it’s important to select one that’s best for your application; an careless technique may redeposit contaminants onto surfaces rather than take them away. Understanding particle-to-surface bonding (electrical, physical, or chemical) is one of the first steps to optimal cleaning efficiency. Keep reading for more tips that ensure your cleanroom remains clean.
Cleanroom cleaning requires many specialised products. Dr Tim Sandle, head of microbiology, Bio Products Laboratory, addresses the importance of product selection and cleaning techniques in the pharmaceutical manufacturing environment.
After you’ve dedicated your time and resources to outfit your cleanroom with the best materials and equipment, you want to make sure to maintain an exceptionally clean environment so your cleanroom can function at peak performance. A lot of factors go into making sure your cleanroom is as clean as possible, from the products you use to the staff that use them. No matter what class rating your cleanroom has, cleaning your cleanroom will ensure longevity and improve efficiency.
Why clean the room? It’s a cleanroom, isn’t it? This was the most popular question when we began cleaning cleanrooms in 1980. Owners and operators often assumed that because their cleanrooms were equipped with state-of-the-art air filtration systems and other safeguards, normal cleaning procedures were optional or even unnecessary.
Modular CMM enclosures are used to provide a controlled environment for your coordinate measuring machines. Using your equipment inside a CMM room protects it from environmental factors and allows your machine to provide X, Y, and Z coordinates with increased accuracy.
Flooring can be at the bottom of the ladder when planning a new cleanroom. As contamination has a downward flow it is an element not often given as much consideration as those featuring higher in the cleanroom; wall construction, for example. But, a non-cleanroom compliant floor could introduce and harbour contamination to the environment thus putting manufacturing processes at risk.
“The choices and the technology out there in the market are growing,” says Rebecca Smith, national territories manager at Connect 2 Cleanrooms. Smith believes it is important to consider flooring right at the beginning of the cleanroom planning stage, so the correct type is selected. She points out that considerations including GMP requirements, the existing flooring, process compatibility, cleaning protocol and cleanroom type will drive the selection decision.
There are two main cleanroom flooring options, namely loose lay flooring and vinyl flooring. Each has many variants, bringing its own benefits and opportunities. Smith comments: “Both types are available in multiple colours, meaning areas can be colour coded to signal separate zones within the cleanroom, or pathways can be created to signpost operatives.”