Why reusable cleanroom garments?
In this video, alsico hightech explains why reusable cleanroom garments can be a good choice and some of the positive reasons why you should consider reusable cleanroom garments in your cleanroom. Reusable garments capture and catch particles, preventing them from entering the cleanroom environment.
In sterile cleanroom environments, reusable cleanroom garments must withstand multiple processing and sterilization cycles. The fabrics in these reusable cleanroom garments must be equipped to withstand, perform and maintain sterility.
Watch the video above to learn more about the reusable cleanroom garments offered by alsico hightech.
About alisco hightech
Who’s alsico hightech
Alsico High Tech is a global supplier of garments for cleanrooms, clean areas, ESD environments and operating theatres.
We develop, produce and supply high quality cleanroom, clean area and ESD garments to rental companies, end-users and specialised distributors.
We are part of the Alsico group, specialist in workwear with more than 80 years’ experience. Alsico High Tech started in 1990 as a division of Alsico Belgium but became a separate company in 2010. This was essential to concentrate 100% on its core business: creating and producing cleanroom garments, which protect the product from the workers and not the other way around.
About gamma sterilization and ETO sterilization
“Cleanroom garments may be sterilized by electron beam (E-beam) sterilization, ethylene oxide (ETO) sterilization, gamma sterilization, or steam sterilization (autoclaving). Currently, gamma sterilization is the most cost-effective method of sterilization for cleanroom materials. However, for reusable cleanroom garments utilizing polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) membranes, gamma sterilization and ETO sterilization are not an option because they degrade the polymer. Cleanroom apparel used in the U.K. and Europe may be steam-sterilized. Steam sterilization of cleanroom apparel can cause shrinkage and wrinkling of the reusable garment system. Additionally, there are cleanroom-compatible components that are not compatible with steam sterilization. Sterility validation of steam sterilization is performed per ANSI/AAMI/ISO 11134: 1993 for industrial facilities or ISO 13683:1997 for healthcare facilities. With gamma sterilization, the cleanroom garment launderer validates the gamma dose and provides documented evidence of the sterility assurance level (SAL). Audits of the contract sterilizer are also performed. All cleanroom materials used in sterile cleanroom manufacturing must undergo a quarterly dose-audit test and be validated for sterility assurance levels. Cintas, for example, has validated its sterile reusable garments to 10-6 SAL.”
– Jan Eudy of Cintas Cleanroom Resources (Mason, Ohio; www.cintascleanroom.com)