Cleanroom garments are an essential component of any controlled environment, as they help to protect both the product and the individual wearing them from contamination. ISO-rated cleanroom garments are a specific type of protective clothing that meet the standards set forth by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
In this article, we will take a closer look at ISO-rated cleanroom garments and the role they play in maintaining cleanliness in controlled environments. We will also discuss the different types of ISO-rated cleanroom garments available, as well as the factors to consider when choosing the right ones for your cleanroom. Whether you work in a pharmaceutical laboratory, a semiconductor manufacturing facility, or any other type of cleanroom, understanding the importance of ISO-rated cleanroom garments is crucial for ensuring the integrity of your products and processes.
Cleanroom packaged disposable garments make the storage, disposal, and replenishment of garment supplies achievable without requiring a 24/7 laundry operation. Disposable coveralls are generally made from Tyvek, polypropylene, or a similar microporous material.
Reusable cleanroom garments might provide a more sustainable alternative to disposable garments. Reusable garments are well suited for most labs and many cleanrooms with moderate cleanliness requirements. It should be noted that cleanroom laundering can have a variety of degenerative effects on cleanroom garments including shedding or fraying of the garment fibers, and performance declines among protective layers or coatings.
For ISO 7 or ISO 8 cleanrooms, cleanroom frocks, along with shoe covers, masks, and a single pair of gloves, are usually acceptable. For static-sensitive operations, reusable garments are made of Gore-Tex or an application-specific fabric like Fedora Maxima ESD.
Cleanroom classified as ISO 6 or cleaner calls for more coverage… typically coveralls are made from nonwoven materials like Gore-Tex or Tyvek, along with hoods, double gloves, and booties.
For ISO 5 or cleaner environments that involve sterile or hazardous tasks, pre-packaged garments support high-throughput activities without the need to recycle and relaunder used garments.
IsoClean materials are biologically and chemically inert white Tyvek®, ensuring maximum particle containment, maximum liquid shielding, and minimum shedding.
ProClean garments are made of ProShield® 2 fabric, a microporous polypropylene film laminated to a polypropylene non-woven substrate that is three times cleaner than traditional disposables
Facilities maintaining ISO 5 and cleaner conditions commonly install an air shower, or filtered air curtain, to remove any loose particles from personnel immediately prior to entering the cleanroom.
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