Techniques for Cleaning and Sanitization of Cleanrooms for Healthcare Industries
Introduction: Techniques for Cleaning and Sanitization
|Techniques for Cleaning and Sanitization: The purpose of cleaning and sanitization is to maintain a cleanroom at the level for which it was designed. This course will teach you the methods and techniques for cleaning and sanitization of major surfaces, such as ceilings, walls, floors, windows, doors, curtains, and equipment like tables, carts, laminar flow hoods and bio-safety cabinets.|
Section 1: Buckets
|Buckets: Buckets are the key tools in cleaning ceilings, walls and floors. This section will teach you the proper use of the 2 and 3 bucket systems.|
Section 2: Wipes
|Wipes: Wipes are used for cleaning multiple surfaces such as chairs, tables, carts, and equipment. This section will teach the proper techniques for using wipes, including the triple surface wipe method.|
Section 3: Triple Face AMD Wipe Folding Technique
|Triple Face AMD Wipe Folding Technique: This section reviews the wipe folding technique to show how the three cleaning surfaces are created and utilized for cleaning and sanitization.|
Section 1: Ceilings
|Ceilings: This section demonstrates ceiling sanitization with two ceiling types: a solid ceiling and a T-grid ceiling.|
Section 2: Walls
|Walls: Walls can be mopped using two different methods. This section demonstrates wall sanitization with two techniques: vertical pull-lift and horizontal pull-lift.|
Section 3: Doors
|Doors: Doors are mopped during the wall sanitization. This section demonstrates door sanitization techniques.|
Section 4: Windows
|Windows: Windows are mopped during wall sanitization as part of the wall. This section demonstrates window sanitization techniques.|
Section 5: Curtains
|Curtains: It is recommended that a curtain cleaning tool is used for curtain cleaning and sanitization. This section demonstrates curtain sanitization techniques.|
Section 1: Tables and Chairs
|Tables and Chairs: This section demonstrates sanitization techniques for tables and chairs.|
Section 2: Shelving, Racks and Carts
|Shelving, Racks and Carts: Shelving and racks are cleaned with wipes or mitts, moistened with a sanitizing solution. This section demonstrates shelving, rack and cart sanitization techniques.|
Section 3: Waste Bag Holders
|Waste Bag Holders: This section demonstrates wire-frame bag holder and large receptacle sanitization techniques.|
Section 1: Horizontal Laminar Flow Hoods
|Horizontal Laminar Flow Hoods: Horizontal laminar flow hoods (HLFH) allow clean air, from HEPA filters located in the back wall, to bathe the work area and protect it from the air outside the hood. This section demonstrates HLFH sanitization techniques.|
Section 2: Vertical Laminar Flow Hoods
|Vertical Laminar Flow Hoods: Vertical laminar flow hoods (VLFH) allow clean air, from HEPA filters located in the ceiling of the equipment, to bathe the work area and protect it from the air outside the hood. This section demonstrates VLFH sanitization techniques.|
Section 3: Biosafety Cabinets - Decontamination
|Biosafety Cabinets - Decontamination: Biosafety cabinets, also called a biological safety cabinet, microbiological safety cabinet, or simply BSC are enclosed, ventilated workspaces for safely working with materials contaminated, or potentially contaminated, with pathogens requiring a defined biosafety level. There are three phases of sanitizing a biosafety cabinet. These are: decontamination, sanitization and preparation. This section demonstrates biosafety cabinet decontamination.|
Section 4: Biosafety Cabinets - Sanitization and Preparation
|Biosafety Cabinets - Sanitization and Preparation: Biosafety cabinets, also called a biological safety cabinet, microbiological safety cabinet, or simply BSC are enclosed, ventilated workspaces for safely working with materials contaminated, or potentially contaminated, with pathogens requiring a defined biosafety level. There are three phases of sanitizing a biosafety cabinet. These are: decontamination, sanitisation and preparation. This section demonstrates biosafety cabinet sanitisation and preparation.|
Section 1: Drains, Coves and Floors
|Drains, Coves and Floors: This section demonstrates drain sanitization, cove sanitization and the two techniques used for sanitizing floors: the pull-lift and modified figure 8 techniques. The floor techniques cover both flat-head and string mops.|
Section 2: Wheel Cleaning and Movable Items
|Wheel Cleaning and Movable Items: This section demonstrates wheel sanitization of movable items before they are moved onto a cleaned and sanitized surface.|
Section 3: Renewable and Adhesive Replaceable Mats
|Renewable and Adhesive Replaceable Mats: Renewable sticky mats are used at cleanroom entrances to protect the floor from cross contamination. Renewable mats are permanent and washable. Proper cleaning renews the sticky properties of the surface. Cleaning renewable mats is done in a four step procedure. Adhesive replaceable mats are used at cleanrooms entrances to protect the floor from cross contamination. Adhesive mats are replaced when contaminated. This section demonstrates proper techniques for renewable mat reconditioning and replaceable mat replacement.|
Section 1: Documentation
|Documentation: All cleaning must be documented. A daily log must contain the time, areas cleaned, name of the operator, and the cleaning solution applied. This section presents important fields that should be present in your daily cleaning log.|
Section 1: Acknowledgement
|Acknowledgement: We would like to thank Micronova Manufacturing for providing the tools, materials and workspace used for the development of this course.|
Section 2: Web Links
|Micronova Manufacturing: For over 30 years, Micronova has been involved in the development of mops and cleaning systems for clean and controlled environments worldwide.|
|Cleanroom Management Associates, Inc.: Cleanroom Management Associates, Inc. is a technical consulting firm that specializes in competitive benchmarking, training, and auditing of clean and aseptic operations and management.|
The purpose of cleaning and sanitization is to maintain a cleanroom at the level for which it was designed. This course will teach you the methods and techniques for cleaning and sanitization of major surfaces, such as ceilings, walls, floors, windows, doors, curtains, and equipment like tables, carts, laminar flow hoods and bio-safety cabinets. The methods and techniques shown here will address the removal or deactivation of particles, both viable and non-viable.
This course applies to regulated industries that have cleanrooms or controlled environments such as: Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Devices, Cleanroom Suppliers, Compounding Pharmacies, Nutraceuticals, Food, Cosmetics and Veterinary products. It was designed for operators and technicians who perform cleaning and sanitization as part of their job description and supervisors of cleanroom or controlled environments. This course will be helpful to people working in quality assurance, quality control, engineering, validation, purchasing and management.
Our ultimate goal of this course is to help you maintain your cleanroom or controlled environment for the protection of your product and customers.
Actively engaged in the field of contamination control for over 39 years with extensive experience in the areas of cleanroom operations, training, technical writing, strategic consulting, facility start-up, construction protocols, and process optimization. She has trained over 850,000 cleanroom technicians and managers.
Ms. Dixon heads the US delegation to ISO Technical Committee 209 on Cleanrooms and Associated Controlled Environments. She also chairs three (3) IEST committees on Cleanroom Housekeeping, Operations, and Controlled Environments. In 1982 she initiated the research on cleanroom cleaning techniques. Ms Dixon is the Past President of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology, and a Fellow of the Institute.
She is the recipient of the James P. Agalloco award, Fred Hermann award, Monroe Seligman award and the first recipient of Woman of the Year in Contamination Control.
She has published over 14 books and 400 technical articles.