What Are the Sources of Cleanroom Contamination?

As industry progresses, the demand for cleanrooms in bio-tech, pharmaceutical, medical device, semiconductor, and nanotechnology continue to grow. Controlling contamination in cleanroom is still a challenge.

Generally speaking, contamination usually falls into four categories: Particulate, Chemical, Gaseous, and Microbiological.

The sources of contamination will depend on humans, facility, and the processes that happen in the room.

The paint on equipment, Chemicals used for production can spill. Bacteria, viruses, and spores are all examples of viable particulate contamination. However, the human is the largest contributing factor to the amount of contamination inside a cleanroom.

People are estimated to 80% of contamination. Especially particulate is caused by the people working. Even while sitting, a person can shed between 100,000 to 1,000,000 skin particles every minute. The human-borne contamination doesn’t stop at particulates. For example, if a technician is a smoker, they will have residual smoke particles in their lungs that will be released while they’re working. If an operator enjoys a meal before their shift, residue of the food and drink will still be in their saliva to be spread while breathing and talking.

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