TIPS FOR SERVICING AND MAINTAINING YOUR CLEAN ROOM FACILITY
Maintaining a cleanroom might seem like a difficult task, but with proper planning and foresight, it doesn’t need to be. Even the smallest particle presence can affect production, so it’s important that operators and management personnel alike have the knowledge they need to take part in good maintenance and servicing practices. From initial cleanroom design to enforcing proper clothing, efficient maintenance practices can be enforced along the way. Here, Western Environmental offers some helpful tips for keeping your facility up to cleanroom certification standards.
Anticipate Maintenance Factors in the Design Phase
Products that are sensitive to minute particles can be subject to even the slightest disturbance in a cleanroom. That’s why it’s important to think ahead about certain design requirements that might save you maintenance troubles in the future. Pharmaceutical and automotive companies alike could benefit from considering the manner of work that will be employed within their cleanroom to plan for best maintenance practices. Take, for example, your cleanroom’s temperature. By controlling the humidity and temperature in your facility from the start, you can prevent possible occurrences like condensation or corrosion from affecting your equipment, saving you from costly repairs.
Create and Adhere to Schedules
Cleanrooms of all classifications must decide upon a maintenance schedule that works best for their facility and is compliant with industry regulations. Regular service and maintenance of your cleanroom’s entire environment will help employees work cleanly and safely. Such maintenance can include daily weekly, and monthly schedules – whatever manner is best suitable for your space.
When enacting schedules, especially those that include cleaning elements, take care to instruct your employees on proper procedures. For example, if operators need to wipe surfaces in a specific way so that they don’t create more particles, ensure that that is practiced. Properly scheduled maintenance can create poor results when not done correctly.
Keep Up with Air Standards
As many facility managers know, airflow is a crucial aspect of cleanroom functionality. Additionally, most cleanrooms must be tested every two years to ensure they are compliant, placing even greater precedence on proper airflow. By taking some of the following actions, facilities can plan for airflow maintenance:
Keep records for when your air filters need to be changed.
Periodically check filters to make sure they are functioning properly.
Use an air sampler or test plates to test air quality.
Update your filter replacement schedule when needed.
Ensure Employee Education
Operator compliance is an important part of keeping your cleanroom running smoothly. Because of this, cleanroom work should include extensive employee education on regular maintenance practices to prevent contamination. The four main contamination sources in a cleanroom are the environment, process, equipment, and people – the most difficult to control. Making sure that your facility’s training covers some of the following areas can offer employees confidence and help you avoid unnecessary repairs:
Importance of adhering to facility maintenance schedules
Equipment maintenance training
Proper cleanroom clothing
General cleanroom protocol
Ensure the Efficiency of Your Cleanroom
Cleaning, maintenance, and service are important aspects of a well-run cleanroom. Whether your goal is to simply meet ISO cleanroom standards or create an exceptionally efficient environment, Western Environmental can help. Located in Franklin, Ohio, Western Environmental is an ISO 17025-accredited provider that services clients nationwide. Contact us today for more information about how we can help keep your cleanroom in top shape.