Tackling any cleanroom lab design and construction can feel like a monumental task. The different components that must come together and the important standards that must be met require a detail-oriented team in order for them to be correctly implemented. Knowing what you have to do to implement a cleanroom to specific certification standards, and the materials that you need to be using, is one of many important steps. Working with LCS Constructors can help you to make sure that you’re using the right materials and constructing a cleanroom in the right manner in order to help you meet the correct standards for your needs. Consider the following places where you have to be cautious about what materials you use in your cleanroom.
A cleanroom that needs to meet certain standards needs to be able to document the standards, and also needs to be able to document the specific production tasks or other operational tasks. Unfortunately, your everyday paper and pens or pencils are not allowed in cleanrooms. They release particulates that can cause problems and contaminate a cleanroom. There are a couple of options to provide appropriate documentation in a cleanroom that are acceptable. Obviously, the best option is a computer system that meets the appropriate equipment standards we’ll talk about below. But there are also cleanroom paper products, made from a plastic-fibre material, and pens that have a cleanroom-compatible ink in them in order to protect the cleanroom’s certification standards.
Cleanrooms are commonly needed in many different industries including ones that produce or work with nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, sensors, semiconductors, infectious disease, aerospace, and computer systems. Making sure a company’s cleanroom is set up to produce or work with any of these industries is important. To do so, there are many common building materials that need to be avoided, including the following:
- Other Natural Materials
Naturally occurring materials tend to be made of particles that can easily flake and separate, making them a poor choice for cleanrooms.
In addition to naturally occurring materials, there are several other processed materials that are a poor choice for cleanroom construction and use. Metals that have powder coatings added and untreated steel or aluminum can all corrode and leave particulate matter in a cleanroom. You also want to think about production processes that could cause contamination to the cleanroom. Any production process that would cause material to smoke or break up can easily contaminate a room. In addition, things like aerosols, powders, abrasives, oils, and other liquids need to be used very carefully in a mini-environment, in a fume hood, or not at all.
Equipment and Furniture
Because employees do work in cleanrooms, it’s important to have furniture. Furniture and equipment can be a tricky situation to address in a cleanroom environment. All furniture and equipment needs to meet the specification set forth by the certification standards for the space. For example, furniture needs to be made of electro-polished stainless steel, powder-coated steel, or solid plastic. Some cleanrooms will allow for a type of cushion on cleanroom chairs. These cushions have to be made of non-shedding, flexible plastic and the soft cushion part has to be fitted with HEPA filters to prevent any particle proliferation. Equipment can be tricky too, because you don’t want to horde equipment in the cleanroom, creating places that can become vulnerable to contamination, but you have to make sure all maintenance equipment and other needed supplies are as clean as possible before entering the cleanroom. If there is an option for a specialty product that is made just for cleanrooms, always opt for that.
Much like everything else involving a cleanroom, the cleaning supplies have to be specifically made in order to maintain a low particle count in the space. Everyday cleaning supplies that you would use at home won’t cut it. Many cleanroom cleaning supplies are made of different types of materials and fibers in order to protect the cleanroom’s integrity.
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