Designing a Cleanroom HVAC System

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Cleanroom 1Cleanrooms typically have very specific demands and requirements. Obviously, that means there's no such thing as a "one-size fits all" approach to designing and installing an HVAC system for a cleanroom. However, even though the details will vary, there are some considerations to always keep in mind.

What Are Pharmaceutical Grade Refrigerators?

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medicineHave you ever wondered what makes pharmaceutical grade refrigerators special? For starters, they fulfill the unique needs of their research or medical facility. A facility may need to safely store biological samples at a particular temperature to guarantee that they don't compromise a study. A medical style clinic might just need a handy place to store ice. Either way, the refrigerator you choose is paramount to the needs of the facility. Here are some things to think about for understanding how pharmaceutical grade refrigerators are best used.

The Advantages of Biological Safety Cabinet Analysis

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scientist working in the fume hoodIf your laboratory works with contaminated or potentially contaminated materials, you will have at least one biosafety cabinet available to you. They come in three classes depending on what type of protection you need to provide for these materials and for the world around them. Whatever class you have, biosafety cabinet testing is important before initial use, and it should also be done with some regularity throughout the year to ensure continued quality performance.

Understanding Biological Safety Cabinets before Installation

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Biosafety is the maintenance of safe conditions in biological research to prevent harm. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) established a set of biocontainment precautions to isolate dangerous biological agents. Biosafety Levels 1 through 4 provide laboratory practices and techniques to safeguard against harmful incidents. Failure to follow practices can lead to increased risk of exposure to biohazards or pathogens.

ISO Standards for Clean Room Certification

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The International Standards Organization (ISO) is responsible for the latest classifications for clean room environments. These global standards, which have more classes than previous United States systems, are carefully judged, since the slightest error can often affect the sensitive materials that must stay in them. Because of this, you can only get cleanroom certification if you meet the standards in several categories. Here we have a brief explanation of the major categories in this process so that you can learn a bit about the subject before diving into your own classification process.

Importance of Biological Safety Cabinet Certification

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1611770_Atlantic Technical Systems_Importance of Biological Safety Cabinet Certification_DLX1bBiological safety cabinets, or BSCs, are used by laboratories for the research of various biohazard agents. They’re designed to protect you, your laboratory, and your surrounding environment from harmful exposure to these biological agents. BSC certification refers to the maintenance and condition of the cabinet instead of a guarantee that the cabinet will work as expected. A certified BSC is tested periodically to make sure that it’s providing you with a safe work environment. Here are some important reasons why certification is important.

Why Cleanroom Management Is Necessary in Pharmaceuticals

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1610109_Atlantic Technical Systems_Pharm Cleanroom_DLX1a   Prevents Unwanted Contaminants: The key purpose of cleanroom systems is to prevent unwanted contaminants from infecting the pharmaceuticals that your team is working with. Contaminant prevention protects the integrity of what you’re creating, whether you’re still in the testing phase or you’ve moved on to certified production. Allows You to Meet Industry Standards: In order to have your pharmaceuticals properly endorsed by the FDA, your products have to first meet certain health and safety standards. This includes the use of effectively managed cleanroom systems to achieve your results. Enables the Reputation of Your Results: In conjunction with meeting industry standards, the use of a cleanroom system gives credibility to any research or development that you perform within a cleanroom system. It gives weight to what you discover and create, and to the results of any products associated with that work, because it sheds any doubt that contaminants influenced those results. Protects Your People: Proper cleanroom management and practices help protect your people. Whether they’re university students or long-term employees, the right safety measures associated with cleanroom management help ensure that not only your cultures are protected, but your team is too.

How Biosafety Cabinet Classification is Done

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Whenever safety is concerned, it's important to be exact with standard classifications. When it comes to biological safety cabinets, there are two main classifications, and you won’t want to mix them up lest you create a hazardous situation. If you’re not sure about your cabinets, you can always hire a professional to do biosafety cabinet testing. In the meantime, these are the main points of difference between. 

Things to Know about Clean Rooms

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A specialized manufacturing environment where the concentration of airborne particles is controlled to specified limits is known as a clean room. They are used in industries where small particles can adversely affect the manufacturing process, such as the electronics, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical device industries. These special constructions are planned and built following strict protocols and methods to prevent contaminants from entering the clean room environment.

A Buying Guide to Biosafety Hoods

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You may be buying a biological safety hood for the first time, or you may be wondering if you should replace the one you already own. Ideally, you should have your equipment inspected annually to check for corrosion and rust, both of which can occur either inside or outside the cabinet. Sometimes, parts will break down and need to be replaced. Unfortunately, there are many reasons why they would need to be entirely replaced, such as parts going obsolete. When that happens, you need to make sure to get the right hood for your needs.