November/December 2014 Issue  (Digital Edition)

A Laser Look at 2014
By MaryBeth DiDonna
As each year draws to a close, Controlled Environments evaluates the news stories published on our website to look for trends so that we may better address the topics that our readers wish to see.

Advancing Health and Safety for the 21st Century Nanotechnology Workforce
By Sara A. Brenner, MD, MPH; and Michael Liehr, PhD
The growth of the nanotech industry is outpacing occupational risk assessment.

The Sticky Challenge of Relative Humidity
By Brad Hodges, PE
A host of evils lurk within the realm of humidity control. Maintaining the integrity of RH measurements is an ongoing effort.

Best Practices for Building a Clean Environment
By George Wiker and Kurt Gilson
From specification to installation, clients, designers, and contractors need to collaborate closely and establish clear guidelines and detailed project plans.

Containment Without the Typical Container
By Ahmad Soueid
The Pirbright Institute design maintains safety within a light-filled atmosphere.

Promoting Preparedness and Standards in the Wake of Infectious Disease
By MaryBeth DiDonna
All employers must make every effort to ensure a safe and healthy workplace, free from recognized hazards.

2020 Vision: Green, Safe, Sustainable—Part 2
By Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg
Organic solvents and organic-based process fluids are a mainstay of industry. We think solvents for liquid/vapor phase degreasing will continue to be used in 2020, particularly where a high degree of wetting is needed to remove thin film and particles from miniature components and from complex structures, like those produced using 3D printing.

Construction Delivery Methods
By Richard Bilodeau, PE
When thinking about undertaking a construction project—whether a new greenfield facility or the renovation of an outdated or compromised building—one of the major considerations a facilities engineer faces is which construction delivery methodology to deploy.

How It Works: Modular Tall-Walls Satisfy the Demand for Larger Controlled Environments
By PortaFab Corp.
There is a growing need for more expansive cleanroom environments including the segmentation of entire manufacturing, packaging and processing areas within a facility.

Cleanroom Tip: Establishing a Cleanroom Safety Plan
By Jan Eudy
There are many similarities with establishing and maintaining quality and safety cultures.