HVAC/ Cleanrooms: ins and outs
A great deal of work within the pharmaceutical, medical device industry and pioneering pharmacies is carried out in cleanrooms. Management of cleanrooms (maintenance, (re)qualification) is often outsourced to specialized maintenance companies. Nevertheless, it is equally important that staff within the pharmaceutical companies themselves have sufficient knowledge of the operation of HVAC-systems/cleanrooms in order to be able to efficiently and correctly perform the following activities:
- to facilitate maintenance and (re)qualification
- to assess the qualification process and maintenance documentation
- to gain more insight into working in the cleanrooms
- to carry out audits
- to assess deviations and changes
An important part of this course takes place in the practical areas of the Biotech Training Facility. The HVAC system is located in the technical area, is easily accessible and is frequently used during the course. The flow of air currents in the cleanrooms is made visible by using smoke tests. These tests clearly illustrate, among other things, the influence of movement on the air currents.