The cleanroom itself does not provide the complete solution. Staff are the single biggest contributor of contamination coming in to a cleanroom if it is not properly controlled.
During their induction, all of our staff undergo an intensive bespoke hygiene training programme developed in conjunction with contamination control experts. This is followed up with regular training sessions delivered in house. We have implemented industry practices for Cleanroom Clothing and standard operating procedures for gowning and de-gowning upon entry to and exit from the cleanroom.
We have 2 stage changing / gowning areas which are also served with Hepa Filtered air. This allows our staff to wash, gown / degown in a clean area and minimise any contamination being introduced to the cleanroom. The second stage of the changing are is known as a Pedestrian Air Lock (PAL). The air pressure in these areas is slightly lower to allow us to maintain the air pressure in the cleanroom itself.
You will notice that all of our staff are gowned head to toe in anti-static PPE which is laundered / replaced on a weekly basis or more frequently if required.
These strict hygiene protocols ensure maximum reduction in contamination by personnel.
No visitors are permitted access to the clean room and can only observe what is going on from outside through the vision panels.
Strict cleaning protocols have been introduced to ensure the production environment is consistently running at the highest possible level. Cleaning protocols include:
- Wiping benches / machines / touchpoints with disinfectant / sterile alcohol to defined standards
- Validated Weekly Cleanroom surface cleaning regimes (surfaces, ceilings, floors and walls) with disinfectants, sporicides and biocides
- Regularly changing and disposing of all used equipment / PPE
- Washing hands thoroughly to defined practices
- No eating or drinking in the cleanroom