High levels of environmental control have long driven design, purchasing, and operational decisions for cleanrooms. Today, sustainability issues - from energy efficiency to materials use to long-term adaptability - are also beginning to influence the conversation between those who operate controlled environments and those who design, build, and install them. Modular cleanrooms offer some distinct benefits for those trying to create more sus
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Letter From the Editor - January 2013
While a primary purpose of most controlled environments is to protect the product or process from contamination generated by workers, protecting workers from hazards generated by cleanroom processes—and the cleanroom itself—is paramount.
Restricted access barriers represent one of the fastest growing technology solutions for products that cannot be terminally sterilized.
Cleanrooms require a high level of security. It is important that a cleanroom's sterile environment be protected by a dependable access control system.
In spite of the cost of 13,000 man-hours per year to manually monitor cleanroom particle counting data, the use of particle counting software has not been widely adopted.
Endotoxin contamination and its adverse effects on human beings is a very important topic for the biotech manufacturing and formulation industry as well as medical device specialists and biomaterial scientists.
Cleanroom facilities will face different types of emergencies. The approach to handle these emergencies will vary from facility to facility.
Protecting workers from hazards generated by cleanroom processes—and the cleanroom itself—is paramount. Safety practices should be part of all standard operating procedures. In addition, all workers should be well trained in emergency procedures in the event of fire, power failure, chemical spill, or other catastrophic event.
Restricted access barriers and isolators are growing in popularity, but raise cleaning, cost, and compliance questions.
Electronic access control systems can manage cleanroom security and cleanliness.
Labor- and time-intensive particle counting documentation can be streamlined with a USB memory drive.