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Entering a Cleanroom – Proper Gowning Techniques

If your employees don’t follow proper gowning techniques, you risk contaminating your cleanroom environment and damaging products in the process. Taking time to periodically review proper garment selection, dressing procedures and expectations of staff members before they enter a cleanroom environment helps prevent unwanted incidents.

These tips refer to standard cleanroom protocols for Class 100 through 100,000 environments, as advised by the University of Southern California’s Environmental Health and Safety department based on information from Controlled Environments Magazine.

Pre-gowning Techniques

When arriving, employees must do a preliminary cleaning of their exposed skin and everyday clothing. First, instruct them to remove any coats or sweaters and wash their hands, face and lower arms with cleanroom-approved sanitizing soap to remove makeup, skincare products and dirt. Often, rings and exposed jewelry will also need to be removed or tucked under cleanroom garments.

Recommended practice for entry into a cleanroom would be to walk over a tacky mat with each foot making contact with the mat 2-3 times. After entering the gowning room area, employees will don their coveralls or frocks and place shoe covers on each foot, one at a time, swinging each foot over the gowning bench to the clean side of the gowning room.

Covering Body, Feet and Hands

Most industries will rely on coveralls, frocks, lab coats, protective sleeves or isolation gowns to conceal everyday clothing. These cleanroom garments should never touch the floor during gowning. Implementing gowning racks and benches are a good idea for an easy transition into the protective clothing. The last thing you want is to have to stand on one foot, lose your balance and fall, thus having to start the process all over again.

If wearing coveralls, employees should tuck the lower leg coverings into cleanroom approved boots. If at any time the coveralls or other gowning items tear, the dressing process should start over with fresh garments to reduce possible contamination. Use the boot snaps to secure them to the coveralls.

Hands should be covered with gloves that fit snug over the sleeves of the coveralls, so no skin is exposed. The material will depend on the industry and what’s least reactive to the working environment. Popular choices include latex, neoprene, nitrile, vinyl, or tri blend chemical glove.

Face and Hair Cleanroom Protocols

Both men and women should wear a head covering, such as a bouffant cap, and facial or beard cover.  All hair as well as your ears should be completely covered. Proper garments fit snug, with no gaps around the nose or mouth.

Some cleanrooms, depending on the products produced, will also implement hoods, goggles, face shields and face masks. These reduce contamination to protect your product as well as prevents contact from potential skin irritants.

In the class 100 environment, employees may be required to put on a second layer of gloves before proceeding to the cleanroom workspace. Supplies and tools needed in the cleanroom should be thoroughly wiped down with an isopropyl alcohol (IPA) / DI water solution, then moved through a material pass-through or equipment transfer room to enter the cleanroom.

Take the time to review these techniques and criteria with your staff to prevent contamination in your cleanroom environment. If you need to stock up on clean room garments or gowning room furniture, Cleanroom World has what you need. Shop our extensive selection today!

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Cleanroom Nitrogen Spray Gun Applications

As an inert gas, Nitrogen is cleaner and drier than air, making it one of the go-to surface cleaning products in a cleanroom environment. Cleanroom nitrogen spray guns are used to accurately dispense the element. But, how exactly does nitrogen work to remove debris from your projects and workspace?

How Nitrogen Fits into a Cleanroom

PTFE poly constructed spray guns are mounted to wet benches and work process stations, so they’re ready to use in hostile environments, such as semiconductor fabrication plants.

These industry-standard spray guns offer optimal protection against corrosion and resist acid fume deterioration in environments with N2 dispensing and drying.

Pressurized nitrogen is used to blow away microscopic dry dust and fibers that have fallen onto a surface and therefore aren’t removable by using tweezers or gloved hands. These particles also aren’t removable by washing, wiping or other cleaning processes because these are typically spaces you cannot get wet. To use nitrogen spray cleaning system, hold the spray gun perpendicular to the item to be cleaned, then engage the gun’s depress button.

When a mist of nitrogen gas is sprayed, it releases tiny particles from the surface you’re working with within seconds. The power of the gas stream and distance from the object being cleaned will determine how fast the particles are removed.

If the offending material is sticky, nitrogen won’t be effective. Instead, consider using an acetone washing bottle.

Note: Nitrogen spray guns should never be directed at the user’s, or a co-worker’s, skin. The pressure can inflate and lift the skin, causing tears and severe skin damage, especially if any cuts or abrasions are already present.

Choosing Spray Guns

Most cleanroom nitrogen spray guns are sold with the gun and a coiled hose or with the gun sold separately so that both parts can be replaced independently of one another. When purchasing these separate items, be sure the male connector from the gun and the hose are the same size, often 1/4″ to 1/2″, for cleanroom applications.

PTFE poly constructed spray guns have a unique design that eliminates expensive nitrogen leaks. They also utilize in-line capsule filtration pads which further purifies the stream of nitrogen.

Does your microelectronics, pharmaceutical or sterile packaging facility need to upgrade or install cleanroom nitrogen spray guns? Cleanroom World offers a variety of gun assemblies, filter discs and coiled hose assemblies. Shop our online selection today!

 

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The Best Cleanroom Tables – 316 Stainless Steel

When it comes to implementing work surfaces in the cleanroom industry, there’s only one type of material to be considered: 316 stainless steel. It’s rugged, resists heat and stands up to frequent cleaning with even the most powerful of sanitizing solutions.

What is 316 Stainless Steel?

This material used for cleanroom tables, shelves and lab benches and is made of high-grade stainless steel alloy created with 2 to 3 percent molybdenum to enhance its durability.

This stainless steel blend, often referred to as marine-grade, wards off corrosion from acids, salts and most chemicals including powerful disinfectants – making it one of the most popular surfaces for cleanrooms.

Properties of 316 Stainless Steel

If you’re looking for a material that has hot strength characteristics, high creep strength at elevated temperatures and fabrication characteristics similar to Type 302, the 316 stainless steel is your best option. Take note: 316 stainless steel is a higher grade than 304 and 340.

Also, 316 stainless steel can be electropolished, won’t pit and is non-magnetic, so the surface won’t interfere with electronics like medical equipment, measuring devices and computers.

Don’t be confused when scanning through the multiple stainless steel table options. You may notice that 430 tables are available at a reduced cost, but this is because they are magnetic and not as durable as 316 stainless steel.

Who Needs 316 Stainless Steel?

All cleanroom facilities with purity control as a focus will benefit from tables and accessories made from 316 stainless steel. However, this durable material is standard in pharmaceutical, aerospace, photography, textile finishing, food preparation, marine and hospital settings.

Don’t put your projects and profits at risk. Invest in cleanroom accessories that ensure your facility stays impeccably sanitized, in good condition and won’t interfere with cleanroom electronics.

Cleanroom World offers a variety of all-welded 316 stainless steel tables in varying heights and widths with supportive C-frame construction and optional casters. Browse our selection of 316 stainless steel tables online, give us a call today to at (303)752-0076 or fill out our easy to use comment form online to learn more!

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Cleanroom World Accomplishments for 2016

As we dig into 2017, we’re reflecting on all the accomplishments at Cleanroom World in 2016, and we’re proud to report another productive and progressive year is in the books.

Our products have gained national visibility on the GSAadvantage.gov website, our company earned the ISO 9001:2015 Certification for a Quality Management System and we’re proud to announce a major building expansion that includes more warehouse space and a dedicated cleanroom training center.

Increased Visibility and Quality Standards

Last spring, we teamed up with the U.S. General Services Administration. After completing an application process that spanned more than two years, Cleanroom World is now certified as a GSA Schedule Holder (Contract #GS07F113DA) – Schedule 66 Scientific Equipment and Services.

All of our products and dealer discounts, geared at the medical, dental, science and other industries utilizing cleanroom labs, are now available at GSAadvantage.gov.

On August 17, we received the ISO 9001:2015 Certification for a Quality Management System. This publicly recognized honor instantly lets our pharma, medical device and aerospace customers know that we won’t settle for anything but the highest quality in cleanroom supplies.

Each year, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will conduct an audit of our facility to ensure that we maintain the highest standards possible in the industry. You can rest assured that if your company requires purchases from an ISO-certified supplier, Cleanroom World will offer impeccable service and products.

Business Growth and Training Development

As we celebrate our industry leader status, we decided 2016 was the year to tackle a physical expansion. Our Colorado facility now houses more inventory, our shipping department processes orders more quickly and we’re investing in the local economy by creating new jobs.

The most exciting portion of the expansion is our new high-tech education facility, the Cleanroom World Training Center. This addition is projected to open in April 2017. The hands-on cleanroom classroom will host a variety of technical classes for small groups, including sessions on how to certify your facility as a cleanroom and particle count testing.

This classroom will benefit anyone in the cleanroom industry, from new employees to seasoned personnel, who wish to practice or learn new procedures in a cleanroom environment without the potential of contaminating their own cleanroom facility. The learning center can also be rented by businesses to conduct company-specific employee training courses and seminars.

Finally, we’re thrilled to announce that in January 2017, Cleanroom World became a registered trademark, which means we hold the exclusive rights, licensing and intellectual property associated with the name of our business. We’ve experienced some amazing things in the last year; we can’t wait to see what this next year holds for Cleanroom World.

Would you like to learn more about Cleanroom World and how we can quickly supply your business with the highest quality cleanroom supplies? Give us a call today at (303)752-0076 or fill out the simple comment form online.

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10 Must-Attend Cleanroom Conferences in 2017

Each year, it important to send your senior staff and cleanroom decision makers to an industry conference or meeting. In addition to learning what’s new in cleanroom standards and technology, employees have the option to attend individual workshops within the events to review cleanroom standards for a variety of specific industries and applications; including pharmacy cleanroom requirements and aeronautics engineering standards.

Check out the following list of cleanroom events and conferences.

Shanghai International Clean Technology and Equipment Exhibition

March 14-16, 2017 in Shanghai, China

This three-day event focuses on cleanroom tech and products related to the environmental and waste management industries. Learn more about cleanroom designs, consumables and auxiliary products including air handling systems, filtration, garments and testing equipment.

Interphex (International Pharmaceutical Expo)

March 21-23, 2017 in New York, New York

Professionals working in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device product developments will discuss the development and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals through workshops and networking events.

Cleanroom Technology, Maintenance and Equipment Exhibition

April 20-22, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey

This event showcases cleanroom technology of interest to plant managers and production crews who work in chemicals and dyes, electronics and electrical goods industries.

Controlled Environment Testing Association (CETA) Annual Meeting & Tradeshow

April 21-25, 2017 in Palm Harbor, Florida

Certifiers, safety professionals, industrial hygienists, facility engineers and control personnel who want to learn more about quality assurance in controlled environments should attend this show. Learn more about laminar flow devices, fume hoods, biological safety cabinets, isolation rooms and cleanrooms.

Environmental Sciences and Technology ESTECH 2017

May 8-11, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky

This annual meeting and expo focuses on contamination control, nanotechnology facilities and environmental testing. Visit with 30+ companies with ties to the cleanroom industry. Training courses and working groups are planned for the ultimate in networking and collaboration.

Preventing and Treating Biological Exposures: An Occupational Health Colloquium

June 7-9, 2017 in St. Augustine, Florida

Supervisors and safety compliance officers who work for cleanroom facilities that employ biological laboratory workers, physicians and healthcare professionals tackling virus and synthetic biology research  should attend this conference.

MD&M East: Medical Device and Manufacturing 2017

June 13-15, 2017 in New York, New York

Join the over 9000 engineers, executives and medtech professionals who will be attending and showcasing their equipment at MD&M East. This is your chance to learn more about the upcoming tech trends as well as the advancements in medical device manufacturing. Also, don’t miss this year’s keynote speaker, Steve Wozniak.

39th Annual EOS/ESD Symposium and Exhibits

September 10-15, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona

This year’s EOS/ESD symposium will focus on electrostatic discharge in electronic production and assembly. Take this opportunity to mingle with the ESD professionals, build your professional network and learn more about new and upcoming technologies.

Cleanzone

October 17-18 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

This international trade fair and conference drew visitors from 35 countries in 2016. Plan to attend this show if you’re interested in learning from experts in the micro-technology and life sciences sectors who are striving to improve cleanroom production.

Cleanroom Technology & Innovations Summit & Exhibitions 2017

October 26-27 in London, United Kingdom

Details of this event are still be planned by Paradigm Global Events. Check the link above this summer for more details!

If you’re looking for cleanroom supplies or information, visit Clean Room World online. We’re a leading industry supplier of cleanroom garments, cleanroom equipment, and laboratory necessities.

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Protecting the Safety of Employees with Cleanroom Garments

When entering a controlled environment, cleanroom garments are critical. Employees of clean environments such as compounding pharmacies, chemotherapy prep rooms, and electronics manufacturing industries rely on protective apparel including Dupont™ Cleanroom Tyvek® sterile suits, lab coats, aprons, boots, hoods and gloves to eliminate contaminants from entering their workspace and adhere to cleanroom safety guidelines.

To limit human-generated contamination in cleanrooms, please refer to the Garment System Considerations for Cleanrooms and Other Controlled Environments created by Working Group 003 of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) Contamination Control Division (WG-CC003). These recommended practices help determine the proper types and levels of gowning needed for various industries.

Disposable Cleanroom Garments  

In particle free environments, it’s best when you can rely on disposable cleanroom garments. Any contaminants from the cleanroom are disposed of or processed (as a hazardous material if necessary), so there’s no opportunity for possible secondary contamination on re-entry to the cleanroom.

Many disposable cleanroom garments are made from polypropylene, SMS, microporous or Dupont™ Cleanroom Tyvek® material.  The garments may have anti-static properties and also provide a barrier to protect the wearer against harmful diseases such as ebola, malaria, and hantavirus.

Disposable cleanroom garments are the preferred gowning method when working with acids, alkali, toxic substances or biohazardous products.

Eventually all disposable products need to be replaced and improper cleanroom habits increase the probability of failure. To keep the environment clean and the wearer safe from exposure every cleanroom employee should be well trained.

Reusable Cleanroom Garments

For some larger companies, having an adequate supply of disposable apparel on hand is cost-prohibitive. That’s when it’s time to consider reusable cleanroom garments that can be laundered and worn multiple times.

Protective suits, smocks, head coverings and other cleanroom apparel can become uncomfortable when worn every day. Reusable garments are often designed to fit the wearer’s body shape and can last through multiple uses.

When not working with hazardous materials, these wash and wear garments are a viable option. The standard process to clean the clothing include the use of gamma radiation for initial sterilization, nonionic surfactants, water rinsing (using filtered, softened, and/or reverse osmosis water) and an 18 meg-ohm, 0.22µ filtered deionized final water rinse. A one pass HEPA/ULPA filtered air drying system is utilized to dry the garments. Finally, the clothing gets sealed in static dissipative bags.

Most industries utilizing reusable garments rent the pieces from an approved provider who also offers laundering services. Although this is a more environmentally friendly option that reduces landfill waste, it can become costly and time intensive to coordinate for large manufacturers.

If your industry requires a critical clean environment, cleanroom garments provide a barrier, so micron-sized particles don’t enter the workspace. Cleanroom World carries a wide variety of disposable and launderable suits, sleeves, coverall, frocks, and shoes. Keep your ISO 5, 6, 7 and 8 cleanroom employees and products safe. Shop online for cleanroom garments today!

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Is the FDA Banning Powdered Gloves?

When you work in an industry where fingerprints or a flake of dry skin could contaminate a project costing millions of dollars, wearing protective gloves becomes critically important. Laboratory workers know that latex, cotton, polyurethane or nitrile gloves are a necessary part of their work apparel. But, does the FDA regulate the type of gloves used in laboratory environments?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes required and recommended standards, including the need for gloves, for manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, and medical devices who utilize cleanrooms. These parameters are based on the current good manufacturing practice, or CGMP, regulations.

What’s Wrong With Using Powdered Gloves?

As of March 2016, The FDA is proposing to ban powdered gloves in medical applications because they pose a substantial health risk to users & patients, including respiratory allergic reactions, severe airway inflammation, and in surgical applications, wound inflammation and the formation of bands of fibrous scar tissue between internal organs and tissues.

The gloves included in the proposed ban include powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating surgeon’s gloves. Non-powdered surgeon gloves and patient examination gloves are not part of the proposed ban.

Traditionally, both powdered and non-powdered gloves are used in laboratory settings. For some lab settings, powdered gloves have been considered adequate. However, for cleanrooms where particulate matter can cause harm, powdered gloves should never be used. At the time of publication, the ban has not been approved.

What Gloves Should Be Worn?

When selecting gloves for employees to wear in cleanrooms, they need to meet the following criteria:
• powder-free to avoid contamination
• packaged in plastic bags (cardboard can leave particles on the gloves)
• durable and not likely to tear
• easy to put on and remove
• non-porous (so materials such as powders or liquids aren’t transferred)
• solvent-resistant (if working with solvents)

In some cleanroom facilities, skin lotions or lanolin based soaps may be used to help reduce dry skin and skin flaking. These products should be applied in a transition area before entering the cleanroom.

Consult your business operations manual to determine what type of gloves have are approved for your facility. Cleanroom World offers a variety of powdered and non-powdered gloves in various sizes, colors, and materials to meet your needs.

Tips on Training Employees on Cleanroom Best Practices

A thorough onboarding and training process is crucial for the success of any employee. However, new staff working in cleanroom environments need to adhere to best practices the moment they step into the facility.

Think about the Hubble Telescope. Staff working with this incredibly detailed piece of technology pass through multiple lobbies, or vestibules, to remove loose contaminants from their shoes, hair and clothing before entering a sanitary locker room where they change into suits specially created to be worn in the High Bay Clean Room in NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Just one speck of dust or a fingerprint could damage the sensitive telescope components and instruments.

Before You Start Training

Prior to educating new employees on the workflow and processes, give the current system a through audit. Physically walk through the facility and make sure that each step is clearly documented in your new employee handbook and that all pertinent signage is in good condition and visible.

This is also the perfect time to test each piece of equipment to ensure all systems are functioning at full capacity. This includes all machinery in the cleanroom, as well as ventilation systems and air blowers that are operated in a nearby control room. Don’t forget to run tests on emergency equipment and communications systems.

After completing a thorough audit, review the list of people attending the training. In addition to new employees, it might be time for upper management, maintenance workers or people from other departments to review their cleanroom skills.

Developing a Training Plan

Everyone absorbs information in different ways. When training a group on the intricacies and importance of keeping the cleanroom as sterile as possible, offer them several ways to learn.

Consider implementing these tools:

  • A video series that shows the processes and highlights key points to remember: Include videos that highlight common mistakes and how to correct them in addition to general instruction.
  • A text manual available both as a hard copy and online to review frequently: This should highlight every step of the cleanroom process, from entering and working in the space, to exiting and closing down the area at the end of a shift. Include samples of signage and photos in the manual to make it easier to understand.
  • Hands-on training to walk each employee through the process with a certified, knowledgeable guide: As you do this, ask the new employees to do actual tasks so they can learn by being directly involved.
  • Visual guides near the cleanroom space: Post colorful, easy to read graphics and checklists at the entrance to the cleanroom to remind employees of best practices.

After gathering training supplies, determine how you’re going to evaluate and test employees throughout the training process.

The act of asking participants to recall information in small chunks with frequency, such as during multiple small quizzes, has proven to be an effective learning method. Retrieving data over and over again ensures that it’s top-of-mind when you need to utilize it once again.

What to Include in the Curriculum (General Overview)

The training materials should be presented from a newcomer’s perspective. Start by explaining the reasons the cleanroom space is necessary and how it benefits the business overall. In this section explain the:

  • Location(s) of the cleanroom(s) in the facility.
  • Expectations of employees.
  • What current and ongoing training look like.
  • Current best practices.

Then segue into the specific purpose and uses for the cleanroom at the facility where the employee will work. Be sure to address:

  • What work is completed in the cleanroom.
  • Why the cleanroom is necessary.
  • Where in the workflow the cleanroom will be used.
  • How the specific tools and machines in the cleanroom operate.

Also explain how to properly enter and exit the cleanroom. Topics to cover include:

  • Work dress code
  • Special provisions regarding hair, shoes, and jewelry
  • How to decontaminate yourself and enter the cleanroom
  • What protective clothing and gear will be worn and how to put it on
  • What steps are required when exiting the room

Finally, wrap up with a comprehensive discussion of current laws and procedures to stay within compliance. In this section address what to do if a mistake is made and how to correct the action. If necessary, refer the employee to a separate disaster preparedness manual that outlines multiple possible scenarios and how to respond.

Bringing new staff onboard or training current employees to work within a cleanroom environment takes time and patience. When you’re ready to implement a training program, Clean Room World can help. We offer a variety of training DVDs that make it simple to educate your staff about cleanroom behaviors, addressing contaminants, working with equipment and gowning for entrance into a cleanroom. Please contact us with any questions you have about training or supplying your cleanroom.

Today’s Cleanroom Standards: The Anatomy of a Modern Cleanroom

Cleanrooms are used in a wide variety of industries to help filter pollutants such as microbes, dust, and chemical vapors. These controlled environments, when used in conjunction with protective clothing, equipment, and practices, keep people safe while allowing manufacturing, research, and even medical procedures to be performed consistently.

To ensure this consistency, standards have been created by both the U.S. General Services Administration and International Standards Organization. The military FS209E GSA standard was used worldwide prior to the November 2001 implementation of ISO 14644-1. Although the GSA standard hasn’t been maintained in over 15 years, it’s still an important resource to understand.

Several documents have since been added, including ISO 14644-2 through 10 and ISO14698-1 through 3. These documents outline terminology and measurement units, compliance testing standards, surface and air contamination definitions, and more.

Evolution of Cleanroom Technology

Over the past two decades, cleanroom technology has been greatly refined. Improved HEPA filtration, HVAC efficiency, protective textiles, air diffusion and construction technology is improving efficiency, while smart IoT-connected sensors provide real-time monitoring and security.

In fact, the Internet of Things is one of the most important improvements to cleanroom technology, able to control everything from temperature to door locks 24/7. Organizations can now optimize and automate a large majority of cleanroom operations.

HVAC and filtration is especially important in cleanroom design, as air-change rate ranges help determine a cleanroom’s classification. The ACR is how many times per hour the volume of air in the room is replaced. In a normal home, the ACR is a maximum of 2, but cleanrooms can reach over 700.

More people accessing equipment more times requires a higher ACR to maintain ISO standards. Robotics and other automated tools assist in this process by limiting human access and environment breaches, providing a great ROI. A different ACR is also necessary depending on whether the cleanroom is as-built, at-rest, or operational.

Maintaining Cleanroom Standards

According to ISO standards, there are 8 classes of cleanrooms, with different standards required for various applications. Each of the eight ISO classes is determined by how much particulate of specific sizes exist per cubic meter. Here’s a chart for reference.

Airborne Particulate Cleanliness Classes (by cubic meter):

CLASS Number of Particles per Cubic Meter by Micrometer Size
  0.1 micron 0.2 micron 0.3 micron 0.5 micron 1 micron 5 microns
ISO1 10 2        
ISO2 100 24 10 4    
ISO3 1,000 237 102 35 8  
ISO4 10,000 2,370 1,020 352 83  
ISO5 100,000 23,700 10,200 3,520 832 29
ISO6 1,000,000 237,000 102,000 35,200 8,320 293
ISO7       352,000 83,200 2,930
ISO8       3,520,000 832,000 29,300
ISO9       35,200,000 8,320,000 293,000

The ISO standards necessary for each particular cleanroom should remain consistent across all equipment to ensure full protection. Without ISO adherence, contamination can cause equipment breakdown, quality degradation, explosion, illness, or death.

Each classification also has different testing requirements to ensure standards are being met. The following chart lists mandatory tests and frequency to maintain ISO compliance.

Required Testing (ISO 14644-2)

Schedule of Tests to Demonstrate Continuing Compliance
Test Parameter Class Maximum Time Interval Test Procedure
Particle Count Test <= ISO 5 6 Months ISO 14644-1 Annex A
> ISO 5 12 Months
Air Pressure Difference All Classes 12 Months ISO 14644-1 Annex B5
Airflow All Classes 12 Months ISO 14644-1 Annex B4

In addition to these tests, any class can perform optional tests for installed filter and containment leakage, recovery, and airflow visualization. These additional tests aren’t required for compliance but can help proactively maintain a cleanroom environment, especially in high-risk environments.

Monitoring and other cleanroom standards were updated as recently as December 2015. Much of these updates involve micro- and macroparticles as well as the procedural and operational limits and testing procedures necessary to minimize contamination.

Trusted Cleanroom Resources

At Cleanroom World, we’ve been supplying equipment, accessories, and clothing for cleanrooms in every classification across all industries for years. Suppliers and manufacturers are especially responsible for maintaining proper cleanroom standards, and we make it our responsibility to thoroughly research and distribute only the highest quality products.

Whenever new technology comes out, whether it’s new microbe filtration technology, chemical-resistant textiles, or nanoparticle-repellent materials, we’re on top of it. All equipment is fully tested, certified, and guaranteed before it ever reaches our customers.

If you’re looking to build a professional cleanroom with state-of-the-art equipment, contact Cleanroom World today to have one of our professionals walk you through the process.

Cleanroom Technology: The World’s Best Cleanrooms

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Cleanrooms are most commonly associated with scientific laboratories, but they’re used in a wide range of applications. In fact, cleanroom technologies are often utilized in manufacturing and computer server production to help support a sterile environment.

The air around us is filled with microbes, organisms, dust, pollen, and other particles that can contaminate the environment and people. Introducing foreign objects into specialized environments can damage equipment, skew data, and even risk lives.

Utilizing advancements in airflow, monitoring, filtration, and other technologies, modern cleanrooms are becoming much more advanced, easily achieving ISO standards and reducing potential damage caused by nanoparticles and microorganisms.

Advancements in Cleanroom Technology

Several technologies are combined to maintain the integrity of a cleanroom: HVAC, HEPA filters, air showers and diffusers, disinfectants, protective clothing, wipes, wall construction and specialized equipment are all necessary to continuously maintain a cleanroom.

Analysts estimate it’ll be a$3.76 billion market by 2019.

Much like purchasing a personal computer or smartphone, it’s important to keep up with trends and research in cleanroom technology in order to invest in the best products possible for your specific needs. New processes and materials are constantly being created which can create less expensive, more durable products and achieve better overall performance.

Recent advancements in cleanroom technology include:

1. The Internet of Things

Thanks to companies like Tech Mahindra, IoT technology is being implemented to allow for remote monitoring, predictive analysis, and other innovative features throughout cleanrooms in every sector.

Automated data collection and analysis is made possible through connected sensors that connect wirelessly to a centralized network. This allows for continuous remote decision-making while robotic technology handles any of the manual tasks previously only done by people.

By reducing human intervention as much as possible, contamination threats and human errors are reduced which ultimately optimizes the entire process. In addition, spherical video and AR/VR technology opens the door to entirely new scenarios. Imagine medical students watching a live surgery from the classroom through an Oculus Rift headset.

Using IoT technology, organizations can monitor and control compliance in multiple locations using global regulatory standards. Air quality, temperature, and the presence of foreign objects can all be detected remotely, minimizing efforts to maximize results.

2. Nanoparticle Filtering

Air flow is an essential component of a functioning modern cleanroom. By forcing air through a series of filtration systems, cleanrooms are kept much safer from airborne contamination versus that of a natural environment.

Even in industrial and manufacturing settings, toxic industrial compounds are often introduced into the air and must be eliminated. HEPA filters are commonly used today, but Exceed Filters and others are already seeking new materials with more integrated nanostructures to absorb these toxic compounds.

Cleanrooms aren’t 100 percent efficient and take time to remove contaminants that may be present.

With nanoparticle filtering, this process becomes much faster and more efficient and the time it takes to decontaminate an area is greatly reduced. In addition, the new generation of nanoparticle filters combined with current HEPA and other filtration technologies will make tomorrow’s cleanrooms much cleaner than current technology allows today.

3. Biohazard Suits

The U.S. Department of Defense recently launched a $250,000 challenge to invent the next generation of protective gear. Although advancements in textile technology already keep us safe from fires, sparks, chemical spills, and germs than previous generations, we’re still pushing forward.

With such a large prize up for grabs, it’s only a matter of time before the protective clothing used today is made obsolete by lighter, more durable clothing with better designs to provide longer-lasting protection. Companies like DuPont already have synthetic textiles and designs that can protect workers in a wide range of environments. It’s only getting better.

From NASA to universities and hospitals around the world, this means a cleaner working environment where bodily fluids, dangerous chemicals, flames, viruses, and more threaten the health of those protecting and rescuing us. Tomorrow’s fabrics will last longer and need to be replaced less often, creating a better ROI for everyone involved.

Upgraded gear being worn by personnel needing to access cleanrooms less often will lead to overall increases across the board in cleanroom functionality. Of course, for this to happen, you’ll need to know where to find the best cleanroom technology.

Building the Best Cleanroom

At Cleanroom World, we provide the best quality equipment for the lowest prices possible. We only work with reputable manufacturers to provide certified equipment sure to meet any cleanroom standards.

Regulatory compliance is important because it sets the bar for how safe conditions need to be, but we’re always seeking out those who raise the bars for the safety of everyone involved. Cleanroom technology is at the pinnacle of sterile work environments, and quality can make the difference between life and death.

What type of cleanroom equipment you need is entirely dependent on the type of cleanroom you’re building. For some systems, only air filtration is necessary while others require integration with security systems and climate control. Some cleanrooms need bacteria and other micro-organisms to be contained, while others are looking to manage flammable dust and other materials.

Every cleanroom is different, which means there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Medical, manufacturing, scientific, government, emergency response, and other industries all require cleanroom materials, equipment, and resources. But as the situations differ, the need to maintain a real-time, working knowledge of all geographic and industry-specific regulations becomes more apparent.

Partnering with suppliers and contractors for the construction of a proper cleanroom ensures that all applicable regulations are followed which helps keep workers safe. If you have any questions, contact one of our specialists today to learn how we can supply your cleanroom needs.