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Clean Room Clean-Up

Microbial management lies at the heart of Good Manufacturing Practice, and hygienic best practice dictates that up to a third of a scientist’s day can typically be spent cleaning and swab testing. Clearly, this is not the most cost-effective use of time, but managing risk will always be the key priority. While any microbial contamination is unlikely to spike within a closely controlled environment, any upwards trend, regardless of how far below alert levels it is, will require additional monitoring and investigation, translating into lost time and resources. Keeping clean rooms consistently below alert level is viable though. While hard work will not be eliminated, the combination of a scrupulous hygienic standard operating procedure (SOP) with well-considered procurement choices can at least reduce the risk.

Amending the SOP can offer some scope for authorising a reduction in clean down time if it demonstrates ongoing conformance with stable results. Minimising the need to rework or expend time undergoing further investigations will free up the team to focus on the task at hand, or, as necessary, turn their attention to other areas of risk management.

While no one-size-fits-all clean room exists, given that each factors a host of variables, certain hygiene and cleaning considerations that translate to any scenario must be made.

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Sue Springett is Commercial Manager at Teknomek, which produces hygienic furniture and equipment. Having previously held similar positions in manufacturing and service industries, Sue has helped Teknomek introduce a series of new products specifically for clean room users.
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