With the massive amount of energy it takes to power and run a controlled environment, facility managers are scrambling to find ways to make environmentally-friendly choices. We’ve looked at some of the viable options that can make an impact, like recycling, modular cleanrooms, and reusable supplies like sticky mats. When you’re trying to be more green, one of the most obvious places to look is your equipment.
Newer equipment operates more energy-efficiently, but it is also a huge investment. Many facilities simply can’t afford to replace all the old equipment they have. For the equipment that is still fully functional, you may not have to. In many cases, you can retrofit or renovate your equipment to achieve the efficiency of brand new units.
The benefits of upgrading existing equipment are numerous and span far beyond environmental concerns, especially when compared to… Read more
Make these 5 simple tips habit for your cleanroom operation to ensure that you remain as efficient and productive as possible.
Cleanroom managers have a lot to juggle. On top of maintaining compliance, which is a rigorous and detailed undertaking, the workflow needs to remain efficient. Putting some best practices to work will help you get in the habit of monitoring and maintaining an operation that allows you to optimize your productivity. Here are 5 simple keys to follow.
- Always be prepared. Just as you would with a cleanroom design or equipment installation, plan ahead for everything from cleaning procedures to staff schedules. You should know exactly when you have important services rendered, like validation or certification, and who is going to prepare for them.
- Prevent rather than react. Anticipate disruptions and disasters, like potential safety hazards and equipment failure, and… Read more
The purpose of wearing a face mask in a controlled environment is to prevent contaminates from entering the space through a personnel’s nose or mouth. However, incorrectly using a mask can increase the risk of transmission rather than minimize it.
It is therefore paramount that you understand how to correctly use and breathe in a face mask. Here are 4 important guidelines to follow:
- Begin and end with proper hygiene. To avoid the risk of contamination, always thoroughly wash your hands with antibacterial soap before you put your mask on. If soap is unavailable, use an alcohol disinfectant. If you feel that the mask has become contaminated at any point during its use, leave the room and take it off. Be sure to completely wash your hands again after touching it, before putting on a new one.
- Cover both your mouth… Read more
Efforts to go green in a controlled environment range from large to small. Something as simple as using a washable sticky mat can have a huge effect.
Cleanrooms require a large amount of energy and resources to function properly, which can make it difficult for environmentally-conscientious managers to make their facilities more eco-friendly. We’ve discussed some ideas about recycling and modular cleanrooms as they relate to going green, but there are certainly smaller-scale steps you can take, too. One example is considering washable sticky mats.
Sticky mats remove particulate matter form casters, wheel carts, and shoes before they enter a controlled environment. The mats come in various sizes and styles. Peel up sticky mats are sometimes changed as often as every couple of hours. The amount of polyethylene one facility is putting into a landfill adds up quickly with… Read more
When choosing your cleaning solvents, ensure you’re not using solutions with either of these agents.
It should go without saying that keeping a cleanroom and cleanroom components clean is a top priority for any industry. The obstacle is that if you can’t physically clean surfaces, which is the most fastidious yet successful method, you have to choose chemicals, all of which leave behind some sort of residue. The key, then, is to choose a chemical that leaves the “right” kind of residue behind.
In looking at your many options, there are chemicals that you should certainly avoid. MaryBeth DiDonna wrote an article for Controlled Environments, “Choosing Your Cleaning Chemicals,” that offers guidance on this. She includes the expertise of Dr. Robert Baier, head of the biomaterials program at the University of Buffalo, and Ed and Barbara Kanegsberg of BFK Solutions in… Read more