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on disposable garments & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Because reusable cleanroom garments, due to the specific fabric properties, cannot cover all areas of application, the use of disposable garments is indispensable in some cases. Especially in the area of personal protection, disposable clothing shows its strengths.

Furthermore, compared to reusable clothing, it is available in standardised sizes and designs in the shortest possible time and can also be stored for eventual emergencies. Individualisation possibilities are not given.

Definition of disposable cleanroom garments

Disposable clothing is often used as a supplement to reusable cleanroom garments. It serves both as product protection and as personal protective equipment.

Attention should be paid that disposable clothing does not become an additional particle source. Meaningful application, e.g. with reusable garments, can achieve a contamination reduction.

A comparative study of disposable clothing vs. reusable clothing showed very interesting differences on the subject of "self-contamination".

Depending on the requirements, different designs and properties have to be considered, for example antistatic behaviour, tear resistance, protection against toxic substances etc.

Due to application-specific requirements in the cleanroom world, the topic of "personal protection/personal protective equipment in the cleanroom" has become one of the focal points, in addition to product protection. Both aspects should complement each other.

Due to the lack of unified standards or norms which could be used to designate a disposable article e.g. as ISO Class 5 compliant, the following Internet pages should help you to find the right item for your individual requirements.

We will be happy to advise you on your selection and will also provide you with samples for testing purposes.

Materials in different qualities

Disposable garment for the body is used for the protection of the employee (PPE), but also to protect the product and process. For the manufacturing of disposable garment, spunbond fabrics are used nearly exclusively, which are then compacted with heat and pressure.

Some examples are non-woven fabrics, so called SMS (Spunbond-Meltblown-Spunbond) which have good breathability, fabrics with an additional applied microporous finish (higher barrier affectivity against particles, but only minor resistance against mechanical influences) or Tyvek®, the patented PE-HD non-woven fabric from DuPont™. This fabric has high durability, low particle generation and very good barrier features.

Usually, disposable garments are not manufactured in particulate and microbiologically controlled industrial ambient conditions. All contaminations falling and sticking on them during the manufacturing process and packaging are thus not removed, and will be brought therefore into the cleanroom areas. For this reason, we recommend – where possible – using of disposable clothing that has been specially processed, cleaned and packed under cleanroom conditions.

 

Essential prerequisites for cleanroom suitable disposable garments, depending on application:

  • particle retention capacity and barrier properties
  • sterility on demand
  • antistatic finish with lowest possible particle emission
  • cleanliness at delivery and cleanroom suitable packaging (polybag)
  • latex-free elasticated hoods, sleeve and trouser ends
  • current documentation, model specifications, technical data sheet for the used materials
  • permeation measurements in the case of natural and synthetic substances
  • (EU) PPE Regulation, if required