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Soap, Antiseptics, and Sterile Gloves

July 17, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

A hidden reservoir of transfer organisms are those growing on the skin underneath sterile gloves. Hand washing with soap and water or a medicated soap must include thorough drying of the hands prior to donning gloves.


The Benefits of Isolator and Aseptic Processing

June 30, 2011 8:00 pm | by Gary Partington | Comments

With the need to formulate and fill more potent products aseptically, the use of isolators will continue to grow.

Hazards of Aerosol-Dispensed Cleaning Agents: Flammability

June 30, 2011 8:00 pm | by John B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E. | Comments

Many doing critical cleaning have used aerosol-dispensed cleaning agents to reach certain portions of valuable surfaces so that the cleaning agent could do its “magic” and be removed with soil by a worker using a fabric wiper.


Qualities of an Effective Manager

June 30, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

Here is a list of the five must have qualities of an effective manager according to a blog by Roberta Matuson, President of Human Resource Solutions. She states that this list was put together as a result of working for some pretty ineffective managers.


Ask the Facilities Guy: Key Elements in Facility Maintenance Plans

June 30, 2011 8:00 pm | by Richard Bilodeau, PE | Comments

Question: What are the key elements I should include in my facility maintenance plan to ensure a “clean power” supply?

Point of View: Isolation Technology Looking Back and Into the Future in Healthcare Applications

June 30, 2011 8:00 pm | by Hank Rahe | Comments

Twenty five years ago, the concept of using an isolator in pharmaceutical and hospital applications was only a far out thought.

Genetic-based Strain Typing within Reach

June 30, 2011 8:00 pm | by Tina Sturgill | Comments

Outsourced rep-PCR Technology Delivers Accurate, Affordable Microbial Identification

Ozone O-O-O My!

June 30, 2011 8:00 pm | by Barbara KanegsbergEd Kanegsberg | Comments

The world has a love/hate relationship with ozone. Ozone (O3) is a “super” oxidizer, almost as reactive as fluorine. This reactivity makes ozone either desirable or undesirable, depending on the situation.


Chicken Little Outlook on Airflow

June 30, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

Don’t be afraid to monitor particle counts and control airflow. Old-school thinking was “don’t ever mess with airflow, even by the slightest amount, because the sky will fall and product yield will drop. Therefore, active particle monitoring is unnecessary.”


Do It Yourself Isolator Leak Detection and Patching

June 30, 2011 8:00 pm | by Frank Razzaboni | Comments

“How do I check for leaks in an isolator?”

The Recirculating Air System Challenge

June 12, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

Probably the biggest challenge in maintaining manufacturing area cleanliness—and a significant energy user—can be found in the recirculating air system.


Sorry, I Just Don’t Have Time

June 12, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

If you as a manager or team member are asked for help, do not simply reply, “Sorry, I don’t have time.” That says that you consider your tasks to be more important than theirs. Everyone has the same number of hours in the day. Prioritizing and giving help when needed is important.


How Clean is Clean Enough?

May 29, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

Surface quality and cleanliness are critical for medical devices. As people live longer and continue to be more active, higher and more reliable device performance is expected.


Why You Need Equanimity

May 29, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

It seems that almost everyone is caught up in some sort of crisis or conflict, be it at work or at home. It might be stress around processes, deadlines, budgets and job security, or personal relationships and unresolved conflicts. But it doesn't have to be this way.


The Importance of Ongoing Facility Monitoring

May 29, 2011 8:00 pm | by Ralph Kraft | R. Kraft, Inc. | Comments

Facility monitoring and the routine periodic documentation of this information are vital to maintaining the cleanroom facility at optimal operational efficiency.                          



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