Clean rooms are extremely challenging work environments. Not only do operations need to be performed with precision and efficiency, clean room conditions must be maintained at all times, with levels of contaminants carefully controlled. Successful clean rooms rely on the knowledge, professionalism, and responsibility of all personnel. This training session is designed to prepare trainees to become a part of the community of clean room workers and do their part to ensure safe operations.
Knowledge is always the first step to safe operations. That’s why the main objective of this session is to make sure that laboratory clean room workers know how to help keep the clean room they’re working in functioning safely and efficiently. By the time this session is over, trainees should be able to:
- Understand the essential nature of clean rooms, including the definition of clean rooms, how they are classified, and some of their design features;
- Do their part to prevent contamination through the use of control measures ranging from wearing protective clothing to practicing good housekeeping;
- Practice the principles of laboratory safety in clean room environments.
Why “Laboratory Clean Rooms” Matters:
Clean rooms are regulated through adherence to standards. For many years, standardization and guidance work in clean room technology was handled almost exclusively by national bodies. This led to a grand total of more than 350 national standards and guidelines—rather frustrating for any organizations that operate internationally. International clean room standards issued by the International Standardization Organization (ISO) have now largely replaced national standards, including the FED-STD-209 E standard in the United States. The international standard for clean rooms is ISO 14644.It includes sections on issues such as air cleanliness, clean room classification, air-testing methods, design and construction, start-up operations, vocabulary, and classification of contaminants.
The main points from this session include:
- Clean rooms are controlled environments and need to remain so for work to be done safely and effectively.
- People are the leading cause of contaminants in a clean room—therefore, the actions taken and control measures used by workers are truly essential in maintaining clean room conditions.
- Be sure to follow all facility procedures for tasks such as gowning, housekeeping, and chemical handling. Don’t improvise or cut corners.
- Always be prepared for an emergency.