How Understanding Cleanroom Gowning Protocols Makes You Da Bomb

by Kevin Cooper
How Understanding Cleanroom Gowning Protocols Makes You Da Bomb
Everyone in sales knows that you can’t reach your target audience until you know what they need. That’s “Sales Funnel 101.” If you’re selling cleanroom supplies to laboratories or manufacturers, understanding cleanroom gowning protocols is essential to understanding what their day-to-day practices look like. At Total Source Manufacturing, we’ve compiled our experience and understanding of the market to help demystify the world of cleanrooms just for you.

Cleanroom Classifications

First things first. You need a basic grasp of cleanroom classifications. Cleanrooms are classified according to the level of purity that is in the air in that enclosed environment. If you can find out the ISO classification of a potential customer’s cleanroom, you can know what products are in their target range.

At Total Source Manufacturing, we offer a Product Data Sheet, MSDS, Technical Data and Cleanroom Classifications sheet for each cleanroom product. Just scroll down past the description for the links.

Gowning Protocol Preparation

While not all cleanrooms are also sterile, we will discuss donning protocol in a clean and sterile environment.

Before starting the gowning process, employees must put away coffee cups, thermoses, cell phones, coats and purses in lockers outside of the gowning theater. This is considered the dirty side of the gowning room. Gum should be disposed of and jewelry or watches removed. Shoes should have carefully crossed a sticky mat at the entrance and will cross one or two more sticky mats throughout the gowning and entrance process.

Stage 1

Following the top-down procedure, don a sterile bouffant and beard cover. Tuck all hair inside. Add sanitized safety goggles. Wash hands with soap and water for 15 seconds, using a wall-mounted dryer to dry them. If required, use sanitizer or skin disinfectant. Don’t wave hands in the air to dry them. Put on donning gloves. These will be replaced with cleanroom gloves after the donning process is completed. Don disposable booties.

Stage 2

Enter the gowning room by carefully crossing its sticky mat. Put on cleanroom hood by touching only the inside of the hood. Completely cover the bouffant. Apply your face mask. Remove the coveralls from their sterile bag by grabbing it at the neck. Put them on over the booties using proper protocol of sitting on the sterile bench and not letting the coveralls touch the floor. Check yourself in the mirror for compliance.

Stage 3

Remove your donning gloves and dispose of them without touching the trash can. Wash and dry hands again following protocol. Put on cleanroom gloves and pull them over the sleeves of the coveralls. Don’t touch any exposed skin with gloved hands from here on. Cross over a sticky mat and enter the decontamination unit. It is now safe to enter the cleanroom with its specially HVAC controlled and filtered environment.

Get your cleanroom garments in bulk

Now that you understand cleanrooms and the needs of their employees, you’re ready to provide the cleanroom supplies that meet their specifications. Call us today at Total Source Manufacturing for a quote on bulk products to make sure your customers have all the supplies they need, right when they need them.

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