Aseptic Gowning for the Cleanroom
Aseptic Gowning Process – Minimizing Contamination
Life Science companies implement strict policies to achieve a contamination-free cleanroom environment. As people are the cause of most cleanroom contaminants, they must adhere to gowning processes and protocol. Aseptic gowning is essentially the process of wearing clothing and garments to control particulate contamination. These layers of specially designed cleanroom garments, cleanroom gloves, cleanroom masks, and covers, help to minimize the amount of particulate that enters the cleanroom environment. The specialized cleanroom garments isolate your body from the clean room environment, ensuring that the particles emitted from your body to not contaminate the environment.
Aseptic Gowning is more involved than just slipping on a coverall and going to work. Gowning is itself a process, with carefully sequenced steps to ensure that your body is fully covered, and that the protective garb remains free of contamination.
Aseptic Gowning Demonstration
The video below, published by BioNetwork, walks you through the aseptic gowning process and best practices and techniques that are often times used. Each cleanroom environment will require various aseptic gowning techniques that are dependent on the cleanliness requirements of the cleanroom and the cleanroom operation’s protocol.
Correct aseptic gowning procedures are of utmost importance to ensure a safe and compliant operation in the cleanroom environment. Particulate is difficult to detect because it is invisible to the naked eye. Contamination is commonly introduced to the cleanroom environment through the people who enter the cleanroom. Therefore, it is extremely important that cleanroom operators have full understanding of the correct gowning procedures for your cleanroom operation.
Access to the cleanroom should be limited to those personnel who are wearing proper gowning and have followed your operation’s protocol for gowning. The gowning apparel or cleanroom garments should be worn only within the controlled environment, including the change area. They should not be worn outside of the cleanroom. You should contact your local management to learn more about your proper cleanroom garment and gowning procedures.