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How clean is your cleanroom?

Oct 12 2021

As well as the big topics of the ventilation and air circulation, energy management and the gowning selection and process, there are a multitude of smaller factors to consider when designing a cleanroom, that keep your space as safe as possible.

Go with the flow

The way furniture is designed and positioned can have a massive impact on air circulation, hindering or assisting the flow which is so important for your risk management.  A workbench or storage unit with a solid back under shelf immediately creates a barrier for ventilation.  However, by incorporating a multi-bar or perforated shelf, particles are more able to disperse safely to mitigate risk.  Ensuring that there is sufficient space around equipment so that air does not stagnate is something that should always be considered.

Minimise risk from poor design

Poorly designed furniture creates harbourage points in which microbes thrive; gravity-defying bacteria will take over a hidden ledge in no time: growing, flourishing, and potentially doubling every 10 minutes.  Ensure your furniture has minimal flat surfaces and no hidden ledges to minimise risk of a microbe alert as far as possible.

Whilst in a perfect world all harbourage points are avoided altogether; effective, efficient cleaning remains business critical. Being vigilant when specifying cleanroom furniture by seeking expert advice on the safest equipment which will cope with regular, intensive cleaning will provide a better return on investment.

Cleaning care considerations

By working backwards from your disinfection and sterilisation routine, you’ll select furniture which facilitates the clean down process of your clean room.  Whether it’s the manoeuvrability or having enough space for effective mopping, consulting the hygiene teams can reveal insights which save time and / or improve their effectiveness. 

The right standard of furniture will pay for itself over time by factoring out risk points and unnecessary design features that will extend cleaning times. 

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