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Glove Protection: Three Risks People Face in a Cleanroom

by Gerbig in General Cleanroom. Comments Off on Glove Protection: Three Risks People Face in a Cleanroom

What are the differences in glove needs for the various risks involved when working in a cleanroom?

Cleanrooms and cleanroom protocols are all about deliberate, diligent protection. They protect the product and materials, but most importantly, they protect people. The safety and protection of the cleanroom worker is paramount, and the glove is one of the key tools used to assure it. There are three categories of hazards from which humans need protection: physical, biological, and chemical. As far as gloves are concerned, each category yields separate, unique requirements for safety.

Physical – If you work around sharp or abrasive objects, you face a physical risk of harm. Anything that can cut, scratch, or penetrate the skin is an obvious hazard. True cut protection is only found in cut-resistant gloves that need be worn beneath cleanroom gloves. However, improvements have… Read more

Continuous Availability: Disaster Planning for your Controlled Environment

by Gerbig in General Cleanroom. Comments Off on Continuous Availability: Disaster Planning for your Controlled Environment

If you have critical data in your facility, you need to ensure it’s protected in the face of disaster. Here is a guideline on how.

Whether it’s manmade or natural, many manufacturers with cleanroom facilities are vulnerable to disaster. Three main concerns should this occur are security, risk management, and business continuity. Should any of these be compromised, it would be catastrophic. Therefore, a disaster recovery plan is necessary to any organization with something to lose.

When thinking of continuous availability, you need a strategic approach. You want to develop scope, context, and management commitment. Following that, define all company roles and responsibilities to know every business process within the organization. Assign staff to define risks and the business impact of each.

With these things identified, you’ll be able to develop a strategy, plan, and procedure for business continuity in the face… Read more

4 Types of Modular Cleanrooms Part 2

by Gerbig in General Cleanroom. Comments Off on 4 Types of Modular Cleanrooms Part 2

Further discussion on the options one has for modular cleanrooms as opposed to other controlled environments.

Modular cleanrooms are a popular alternative to other kinds of controlled environments because they are convenient and reliable. In part one, we discussed two of the four types of systems. Here we will cover the remaining two.

Structural post and panel

Most modular manufacturers have a core product that acts as an “all-purpose” system. These products can be utilized for numerous applications, from particular ISO classes to GMP rooms. The versatility that these systems provide make them appropriate to outfit existing facilities or build freestanding structures to envelop separate, compartmentalized processes.

A post-panel design provides even more flexibility to these systems. A variety of wall panels and cores can be integrated to meet various needs and applications. These include: polystyrene, aluminum honeycomb, fiberglass reinforced plastic, and… Read more

4 Types of Modular Cleanrooms Part 1

by Gerbig in General Cleanroom. Comments Off on 4 Types of Modular Cleanrooms Part 1

Modular cleanrooms are a popular alternative to controlled environments. The appropriate one for you depends on your specific needs.

Modular cleanrooms offer a variety of benefits to those who need a controlled environment. They’re quick and clean to install, consistent in quality, and offer some green benefits as well. In an evolving market, new systems become available, giving consumers more to choose from.

Modular cleanrooms are categorized in four styles: softwall, aseptic, structural post and panel, and specialty systems (they include framing or partitioning.) Let’s take a look at the first two kinds of modular systems.

Softwall Cleanrooms:

If you require light environmental control, these systems are a very economical option. They can be erected quickly and consist of metal framing, flexible vinyl curtain walls, and numerous fan filter modules to control particulate and air flow. These are probably the most mobile systems… Read more

ESD Flooring Options for your Cleanroom

by Gerbig in General Cleanroom. Comments Off on ESD Flooring Options for your Cleanroom

If you are controlling ESD in your cleanroom, you need to choose the right protection for your floor. Here is a comparison of basic options.

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can cause damage to electrically sensitive equipment and analytic processes as well as cause a fire or explosion near flammable materials. Using ESD flooring helps ground personnel in an effective and economical manner.

Your ESD flooring selection process should begin with an evaluation of both your intended use and possible future uses. Your intended use includes:

  • Evaluating devices or processes most sensitive to ESD events
  • Chemical resistance
  • Aesthetic requirements

Every type of material used for ESD flooring will have advantages and disadvantages in each specific environment and application, so consider the following options with that in mind.

  1. Resilient ESD tile and sheet goods. If there is neither danger of liquid spillage nor presence of heavy point loads, these… Read more
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