Despite its simple name, a clean room is more than just a sanitary room. In fact, to qualify as a cleanroom, it must meet strict sanitary requirements. Hospitals, pharmacies and companies in the biotech, electronics and food industries rely on the peace of mind provided by leading clean room systems to keep patients and their customers safe. They manufacture their products in the controlled environment of a clean room to eliminate possible contamination from particulate matter in the air.
One of the main sources of such contamination is walls, floors and ceilings. Cleanroom system walls and panels are a tool that manufacturers use to eliminate threats that lurk around them.
Some standards, usually Standard 209E, regulate the level at which contaminating particles must be kept from clean rooms. According to Staples Inc.’s “Basic Introduction to Clean Room,” Standard 209E “sets the air cleanliness standard class for the level of particulates in the air in clean rooms and clean zones.”
The Staples report goes on to point out that “The only way to control contamination is by total environmental control.” And to achieve this “clean rooms are planned and manufactured using strict protocols and methods.”
Among the jobs required in the cleanroom program are taking out the trash, sweeping and mopping floors with a suitable cleaner, wiping down countertops and refreshment areas, cleaning walls and recycling cans. All these activities should be carried out every shift to remove possible contaminants. In addition, all walls and trim should be cleaned once a week.
Facilities that wish to keep the boredom of doing such work and adhere to those standards to a minimum would be wise to employ the services of a clean room system expert. That way they can guarantee that they meet all current clean room technology guidelines and standards. They can also ensure that the panels they install in their clean rooms are fire dispersion class 1/A, meet clean room class 10 guidelines, are fire resistant, resistant to chemical contamination and, perhaps most importantly, resistant to these properties for long-term.
Controlled Environment Magazine outlines a list of questions covering “The Essence of Buying a Cleanroom System.” Most importantly: “As a future owner of a clean room system, “what information do I need to provide a clean room contractor to ensure compliance with my clean room requirements and to obtain performance guarantees?”
To achieve such assurance, the publication recommends following these four basic steps when discussing the matter with a clean room system expert:
Prepare the temperature, humidity, pressure, and cleanliness requirements of your clean room.
Bring a 3D blueprint of your clean room area, with all your workflows, tools, and utilities laid out just right. This will ensure that the walls and panels of your clean room system match the way you work.
Consider whether air conditioning will be required for your operation.
Provide your cleanroom system provider with the final version of your user requirements specification (URS).
Armed with this information, you and your contractor can design a clean room system that’s right for you.