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Exposure Limits: Should We Take the Bypass?

April 4, 2012 8:00 pm | by John B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E. | Comments

Exposure limits are crowd-sourced, sometimes based on incomplete data, and often not developed within public view.                                                    

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Why Do Cleanrooms Fail to Meet Owners' Expectations?

April 2, 2012 8:00 pm | by Raymond K. Schneider, P.E. | Comments

While new installations typically are well engineered, modifications required to support new production equipment and processes frequently are made "on the fly" with insufficient forethought.                                

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Cleanroom Cleaning Education

April 2, 2012 8:00 pm | Comments

Teaching employees to adhere to rules of behavior or to a specific cleaning protocol is necessary. However, for both product and cleanrooms, there is no substitute for understanding the “why” of the cleaning process.

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Staying Sane in an Insane Workplace

March 19, 2012 8:00 pm | Comments

Faced with stress, is it even possible to stay calm, cool, and collected? To take it all in stride, function effectively, not lose sleep, and still handle problems successfully?

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Why is ESD testing important?

March 19, 2012 8:00 pm | Comments

Aside from assurances that the supplier’s stated specifications are being met, electrical resistance testing ensures that one’s garments stay within the parameters for ANSI/ESD S20.20-2007 compliance.

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The Power is Out, Now What?

March 5, 2012 7:00 pm | Comments

Power failure, by definition, is a total loss of utility power. Utility power losses are caused by numerous events including lightning strikes, downed power lines, transformer malfunctions, over demands on the grid, accidents, weather anomalies, and natural disasters.

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Why You Should Be Open to Hearing Complaints

March 5, 2012 7:00 pm | Comments

“Complaints, complaints, complaints; that’s all I get around here!” It’s a common cry of managers in laboratories. Yet, accepted wisely, employees’ complaints can be useful tools a lab manager could use to improve and upgrade his work unit and keep his employees happy.

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What value does nano truly add to HVAC technology?

February 27, 2012 7:00 pm | Comments

If nanofiltration is important, ask your filter suppliers “What is your E1?” That is short filter lingo for —what is the efficiency of your filter in the 0.3 to 1.0 micron particle size?

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Simple Steps to Clear Communication

February 27, 2012 7:00 pm | Comments

I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. - Robert McCloskey

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Confusion of the Lambs

February 23, 2012 4:11 pm | by John B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E. | Comments

How did you learn about cleaning technology? And how do you learn now?                                           

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Obsolete Chemicals and Processes, Part 1

February 23, 2012 4:09 pm | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg | BFK Solutions, LLC | Comments

What do we do to address chemicals and processes that have become obsolete due to regulatory restrictions? This intriguing question, posed by Controlled Environments readers in a recent survey, has a multilayered answer.                       

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What are some of the trends and issues facing today's facility professional?

February 23, 2012 4:07 pm | by Richard Bilodeau, PE | SMRT - Architects and Engineers | Comments

Help me out with the "big picture." What are some of the trends and issues facing today's facility professional? The role seems to be continually evolving.                                

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Time for a New Game Plan

February 23, 2012 4:01 pm | by Bikash Chatterjee | Comments

Over the years I have been writing about the indicators of change both within the FDA and the industry. Few can argue with the fact that in today’s society, change is inevitable.                              

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Cleanroom Cleaning and Disinfection: Eight Steps for Success

February 23, 2012 3:50 pm | by Dr. Tim Sandle | Comments

Cleanrooms in healthcare and pharmaceutical facilities must be kept in a state of microbiological control. This article outlines eight key steps for keeping a cleanroom clean.                              

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Point of View - Book Review

February 23, 2012 3:48 pm | by Darren L. Williams, Ph.D. | BFK Solutions, LLC | Comments

Kanegsberg and Kanegsberg, Handbook for Critical Cleaning: Book I: Cleaning Agents and Systems & Book II: Applications, Processes, and Controls                                  

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