On clean rooms
Cleanrooms allow the production and handling of products and tests that would otherwise be affected or contaminated by airborne particles and other pollutants, providing a safe and efficient environment for the conduct of precision research and manufacturing.
The environment in a cleanroom is controlled by a number of features, including:
- Air filtration: cleanrooms use high-efficiency filters (such as HEPA or ULPA) to trap particles that could contaminate the work environment. The air in a cleanroom is constantly recirculated to remove naturally occurring particles.
- Temperature and humidity control: maintaining a stable environment is crucial in many cleanroom applications, and these conditions are constantly monitored and adjusted.
- Controlled entry and exit: workers in cleanrooms should wear special clothing and follow specific procedures to minimise the amount of contaminants they bring into the room.