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Cleanroom Contamination Hazards

Learn About Cleanroom Contamination Hazards


Cleanrooms are carefully controlled environments where pollens, dust, dirt, and other microorganisms are filtered out in order to provide a sterile environment. Cleanrooms are commonly used to manufacture sensitive products such as microelectronics and medical devices, as well as pharmaceutical services.

The Role of Cleanroom Garments

A cleanroom’s biggest enemy is without a doubt, humans. Even a regularly bathed and groom human can shed hundreds of thousands of dead skin cells every hour. Cleanroom garments are designed to act as a filter by trapping particles that are naturally shed as humans, such as hair, skin cells, deodorant, makeup, and so much more.

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CleanMax® cleanroom garments by Lakeland provide the comfort, quality and protection you expect. Ideally suited for use in ISO Class 4 - 8 Cleanrooms and all Controlled Environments. CleanMax garments are easy to don, comfortable to wear and are backed by Lakeland's 30+ years as a manufacturer of disposable protective apparel.

Available in both Clean-Manufactured Non-Sterile and Clean-Manufactured Sterile configurations.

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Pharmacy and Compounding

Considering the range of drugs and compounds that are being created in these labs, protecting employees against any exposure is critical. CleanMax provides the barrier necessary to keep even the smallest of particles through.

Cannabis Cultivation

Controlling pollen contaminates and other microbial viable or nonviable agents contribute to the sensitive nature of harvest, processing, and compound cannabis crops. CleanMax's low-linting, microporous laminate film fabric reduces particulate load and transfer from garments.

Micro Electronics

For semiconductors and microelectronics, electrostatic charge is a major cause in product failure. See how CleanMax’s antistatic properties protect against this dangerous flaw.

Biotechnology and Life Sciences

Due to the sensitive organic and medical applications studied and built in these highly regulated environments, the right cleanroom garment is more important than ever. Learn how microporous laminate film and other CleanMax® features play defense in this environment.

How Lakeland Protects

What makes the critical environment industry so different from the others that Lakeland serves is that in a cleanroom, you are not only protecting the employees within it, but more importantly, the products or drugs being made in the cleanroom. If one spec of dust or tiny drop of perspiration lands on the sensitive microelectronics that are going up in space with astronauts or being implanted in someone’s heart to keep it going, results could be deadly if they are not carefully made in such a stringent environment. Of course, there are many protocols in place that clean rooms much follow. Learn more about ISO certifications and more below.

Understand the current IEST standards better by taking a look at our Cleanroom Apparel Guide

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Cleanroom Guidelines

A cleanroom must have less than 35,000 particles >0.5 micron per cubic meter and 20 HEPA filtered air changes per hour. The equivalent FED standard is class 100,000 particles per cubic foot. Depending on the ISO level of cleanroom you have determines the type of protection employee must wear.

Sterile vs non-Sterile

Are you confident that your cleanroom garments aren’t introducing more contaminants?

Check out this helpful blog to see if your cleanroom garments are hitting the mark.Sterile / Non Sterile - are your cleanroom garments hitting the mark?

Donning and Doffing of CE Garments

Lakeland’s CleanMax garments have been specially designed to be donned, doffed, and disposed of in a way that limits the particles introduced to the controlled environment as well as excursions made by donning the garments. Check out these blogs and video to see just how user-friendly Lakeland’s CleanMax garments really are.