Real-time microbial monitoring provides instant information that leads to immediate benefits. Companies producing medicines and biotech products are concerned with airborne microbial contamination. They need to ensure that products and people are kept safe.
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There are many factors to tabulate when selecting a new cleaning system. Production engineers need a cleaning process that is safe, sustainable, and affordable. This checklist can help plan your expenses.
The five second rule on avoiding germs and infections is the subject of much light hearted banter, but the implications of healthcare associated infections are not. Healthcare facilities are fraught with bacteria, germs, infections, contaminated biological waste, bugs, superbugs, viruses, and any number of options to threaten our health. Hospitals, in their frontline role fighting disease, couldn’t have it any other way.
For years, bleach has been the standard sporicidal agent for killing bacteria and spores on stainless steel cleanroom surfaces. Although bleach is effective against killing various forms of microorganisms, it also leaves a residue which causes corrosion and pitting of stainless steel.
All employers must make every effort to ensure a safe and healthy workplace, free from recognized hazards. The common thread is that they must comply with applicable U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.
Water is utilized abundantly to process, formulate, and manufacture pharmaceutical products. Traditional culture-based methods used to ensure water quality, however, are ill-suited in providing a robust assessment of risk and control. Real-time bioburden monitoring promotes risk reduction and process control.
My clients love to see me ... go. It is one of the most interesting aspects of my job as a cleanroom certifier. Having been at this for decades now, I can honestly say that the happiness and relief that my clients convey post-certification is as consistent as the static environments in which I test.
Representatives from Controlled Environments regularly attend industry shows in order to find out what our readers want from us. We want to establish lasting relationships with our readers, and allow them to share their knowledge and capabilities with others in our field by authoring feature articles and suggesting topics.
For a controlled environments facilities engineer, hazardous production materials are not the things that dreams are made of—but proper regulatory compliance and handling during the production process are cornerstones of the job. HPM management—and the plant maintenance that supports HPM—require constant attention.
Your boss announces that you are in charge of selecting and implementing a new cleaning system. Now it is time to actually make a selection. It is a good idea to put a PQ provision into the contract for a system ... think of it as ‘lemon’ insurance.
Standard shoe covers come in a variety of materials; variations come in the form of different thicknesses, combinations, traction patterns, etc. With so many available options, how does a cleanroom/facility manager select the right shoe cover?
Increasing concerns regarding the protection of healthcare workers, compounding pharmacists, and manufacturers handling hazardous drugs has bought about the proposed USP Chapter <800> – Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings. Due to the harmful consequences of improper handling of these drugs, it is vital that a safe standard be set to ensure safety and efficiency.
When choosing gloves for your pharmaceutical manufacturing in an ISO Class 4, 5, or 6 cleanroom, why should you always choose cleanroom gloves and never surgical gloves? A common misconception is that gloves used in medical environments are sterile - but they are not necessarily clean.
Cleanrooms play an important role in the prevention of contamination during the production of food and food supplements. They are most often built around food packaging processes, where there is a high potential for exposure of the finished food product to the atmosphere or people. A LIMS tracks real-time information about the cleanroom and offers the ability to demonstrate compliance.
Bleach is known to be corrosive to metals commonly found in pharmaceutical work environments. Two commonly used types of stainless steel coupons were exposed to household bleach and sodium dichloroisocyanurate solutions—the rate and degree of corrosion were compared.