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ECONOMICAL TO ELECTROPOLISHED GOWNING BENCHES

Modular cleanrooms will have a gowning room which is a transitional space so personnel don’t enter the cleanroom directly from the building or office area. Appropriate steps need to be taken to minimize particles entering the cleanroom.  Once inside the gowning room a cleanroom garment is donned and than the worker will sit on a gowning bench to put on their shoe covers or cleanroom shoes.  Choosing the cleanroom gowning bench will depend on budget and the type of cleanroom environment. 
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2013-11-18
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HOW TO FIT AN EMPLOYEE FOR A CLEANROOM CHAIR OR STOOL
An ideal cleanroom chair or stool will provide an employee with comfort and an ergonomic fit. No single chair meets all of the requirements for all body types. The tall cleanroom technician’s chair will not provide the ergonomic benefits to the short tech and could actually be harmful for an 8 hour shift.

A chair fitting assessment means documenting the key measurements to select a correctly sized chair for that worker. There are eleven areas to consider when choosing cleanroom chairs or cleanroom stools.
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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN CLEAN ROOM VACCUMS
Cleanroom vacuum cleaners are available as a wet/dry combination or a dry only vacuum. The wet/dry vacuum can simultaneously pick up wet and dry debris without special adapters or filter switching. Wet pick up vacuums feature grounded bypass motors to avoid electrical hazards.

The tanks are made of polyethylene or stainless steel to prevent corrosion and an automatic shut-off valve to prevent overfilling. If a dry only vacuum is used to pick up liquids the vacuum can easily be ruined and possible harm to the operator.

The vacuum motor carbon brushes can generate 10,000 to 100,000 particles when running so it is important for the cleanroom vacuum to have the HEPA or ULPA filter “downstream” or after the motor to capture the particles. These particles will be captured in the filter and not released back into the cleanroom environment through the exhaust stream. Contamination standards in the pharmaceutical industries are more stringent and the HEPA/ULPA filters before and after the motor will help achieve optimal efficiency.
Special Application Vacuums:
● Mercury Vacuum – specifically designed to safely collect and retain liquid mercury spills and granular compounds. Use to clean the lids of mercury shipping containers and collect droplets from filling stations.
● Back Pack Vacuum – Convenient use in confined and elevated area. Stainless steel or polyethylene construction.
● Lab Vacuum – HEPA filter is located before the motor assembly
● Pharmaceutical Vacuum – Safe-Pak™ container is a safe collection, containment and disposable system of potent compounds. The entire container can be disposed of when full.
● Bio-Haz Vacuum – Remediation of hazardous molds: stachybotrys colonies, aspergillus spores, penicillium spores, anthrax dust, viral particulate collection.
 There are many special features and options when choosing a cleanroom vacuum. Knowing what type of particle will be collected is critical. If there are questions or concerns when choosing a vacuum visit our web site www.CleanRoomWorld.com or call customers service 303-752-0076.  See see the complete blog visit Clean Room World.
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INNOVATIVE CLEAN ROOM CHAIRS
The Gibo Kodama newest style of cleanroom chair features a saddle seat especially designed for workers in cleanroom suits to keep them from sliding forward.  The angled shape of the saddle seat holds the operator in place.  The seat is also cut back to allow easier access to the 20" diameter footrest.  Autonomous tilt control allows seat and back angle to adjust independently of each other and be locked in any position.  Go to our web site www.CleanRoomWorld.com to view the complete blog.
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TOP 10 CONCERNS WHEN CHOOSING CLEAN ROOM SUPPLIES
Cleanrooms are defined as a controlled environment with regards to airborne particles.  The modular cleanroom can also have ESD, Non Outgassing, and Sterile requirements.  When choosing the correct cleanroom supplies each requirement must be taken into consideration.
1)  Just because the box says “Cleanroom” or “Lint Free” does not mean that it is true.  Testing should be performed, Certificate of Conformity or an independent test data sheet be supplied with the cleanroom supplies.
2) Cleanroom wipes, gloves and other supplies should be double bagged for Class 10 and
Class 100 environments.
3) Lowest priced products do not mean lowest cleanliness level.
4) When the cleanroom environment has outgassing concerns testing should be performed on the wipes and gloves to ensure they don not contain silicon or will leach contaminants.  Is the mold release agent still on the glove? 
5) Are the cleanroom supplies manufactured and packaged in a cleanroom?  Or is the product manufactured in a standard factory environment and brought into a cleanroom for packaging?
6) Proper gowning procedures for the correct Class of cleanroom need to be followed.  A cleanroom frock would be an appropriate garment for a Class 100,000 cleanroom but would not provide adequate containment of particles for a Class 100 cleanroom.  The disposable garments should arrive bagged and not packaged directly in a cardboard box.
7) Cleaning supplies such as mops, buckets and cleaners should be chosen so additional contaminates aren’t introduced into the cleanroom.  So often thousands if not millions of dollars are spent on the construction of a new cleanroom and no thought is given to the proper cleaning supplies.  Will the cleanroom cleaner leave a residue? Will the mop head shed particles? Is the bucket, wringer and handle made of material that will not corrode?  Just the motor of a vacuum cleaner can produce 100,000 particles when running. Does the cleanroom vacuum cleaner have the HEPA filter after the motor so the motor particulates do not enter the cleanroom?
8) When choosing wipes for a sterile cleanroom environment there are five choices.  First a standard non sterile poly/cellulose or polyester wipe.  Second a gamma irradiated wipe which would have a Certificate of Irradiation. For an aseptic environment there are non woven poly/cellulose or knit polyester wipe Validated Sterile.  These wipes would have a Certificate of Irradiation which documents it went through the gamma irradiation process plus a Certificate of Sterility.  A third party has tested the wipe to ensure sterility.   The fourth style of cleanroom wipe is an ultra low endotoxin or pyrogen free wipe.    Wipes have two levels of endotoxin testing: medical device and another for the most critical applications where implantable materials, pharmaceuticals and surgical instruments are manufactured.  The first wipe has an Endotoxin Free Certificate and the second wipe has the Endotoxin Free Certificate plus Validated Sterile.   The final option would be to choose a presaturated sterile wipe.  These presaturated wipes are available with IPA, Ethanol,  Cleaning Agent, Sodium Hypochlorite, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Stainless Steel Cleaner.  Other important qualities in wipes: absorbency, cleanliness, resist wear and tear, and chemical compatibility.
9) Not all products can be autoclaved.  Autoclaveable cleanroom garments will require a metal zipper vs the standard plastic.  Carts and racks should be ordered with autoclavable casters and metal split sleeves.  Check autoclave compatibility before ordering the cleanroom products.
10) When ESD is a concern does the product have a topical antistatic coat or does the product in itself have static controlled properties?  If the table mat is wiped down with a cleaning agent will it remove or reduce the effectiveness of the mat?  Conductive bins will loose the static control properties over time and should be tested periodically to ensure they maintain the proper ESD level.  The carbon fibers in ESD garments will break down when washed and will need to be replaced periodically.  Choose fabric with higher levels of carbon with 2% or 4% for higher static dissipation rate.
Cleanroom supplies require proper testing and evaluation to ensure additional particles are not introduced into the controlled environment.  Call Western States Sales or go to the web site www.CleanRoomWorld.com to get guidance on choosing the right cleanroom supplies.
Cindy Weist
Western States Sales Inc
www.CleanRoomWorld.com
 


    
      
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CLEANROOM SUITS
Our launderable cleanroom garments are sewn to meet a wide range of requirements.  Styles include autoclavable suits, ESD Distek garments with a 4% carbon grid, flame resistant Nomex or Maxima FR, and fluid repellent fabrics.  Accompanying accessories include:
*  Eyes Only Hood - Open Face Hood- Face Veil- Bouffant Caps
*  Boots with Molded Soles - Shoe Covers Non Slip Soles
*  Cleanroom, ESD, Autoclavable and Steel Toe Shoes
*  Cart Covers - Cleanroom Blanket Covers - Fanny Packs
Customization can be provided such as extra arm or leg length, elastic at the back waist, thumb hole, carbon ribbon for added static dissipation and company logos.
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CleanRoomWorld introduces over 30 styles of Cleanroom Pass Thru's manufactured by Clean Air Products.  Features multiple compartment pass throughs, HEPA filtered pass thru's, polypropylene pass thru's, stainless steel pass throughs, BioMedical pass throughs, electropolished stainless steel pass thru's, vertical sliding door pass thru's, horizontal flow pass thru's, employee and cart pass thru's plus many more.  See the full selection under Cleanroom Equipment
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Western States Sales will be promoting Clean Air Products in Utah this week.  Manufacturer of softwall cleanrooms, hardwall cleanrooms, laminar flow benches, fume hoods, pass thru's, desiccator cabinets, stainless steel tables and custom products.
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