At SEPS, the cleanliness and safety of labs is our specialty. From equipment cleaning to contamination prevention, our team maintains a dedication to total lab safety. At the moment, we continue to do our part in the fight against COVID-19. This includes sterilization, advanced hygiene practices and personal protective equipment. Labs are among the essential businesses who haven’t shut down. Therefore, we’re doing our part to make sure they remain clean and safe.

Anyone who works in a cleanroom knows how important filtration is. Right now, as the coronavirus continues to be a huge problem across the United States, it’s more important than ever. Most cleanroom personnel know that fan/filter units capture contaminants that can destroy samples and ruin work. However, they also remove bacteria, viruses and mold spores that contribute to countless infections. In this post, we’ll discuss how fan and filter units can go the extra mile to remove harmful contaminants from your lab or cleanroom.

 

Superbugs

Even before COVID-19 became a global threat, labs were dealing with the threat of pathogens. Sterilization in these environments has always been crucial. This is especially true in any lab with biosafety level (BSL) ratings. Within the past few years, labs and medical facilities have been vigilant towards the threat of superbugs.

Superbugs are drug-resistant pathogens that can’t be killed with standard antibiotics. In addition, they can cause serious infections that are difficult to cure. They’re also more than capable of destroying biological samples within the lab. Before COVID-19, superbugs were (for the most part) the primary concern of lab/medical workers. However, with effective fan/filtration units, the threat can be mitigated.

Fan/Filtration Units – A Solution

Obviously, right now we’re all more aware of antiviral practices than ever before. The CDC and WHO continue to update the world at large on effective ways to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Within labs and essential facilities, cleanliness policies are absolutely critical at the moment. Hand washing, social distancing and PPE are a few of the ways we can inhibit spreading germs of any kind. However, did you know that fan/filtration units can also be instrumental in eliminating harmful airborne particles?

For years, labs have been using fan/filtration units to remove destructive airborne contaminants. These particles usually destroy biological samples and tend to ruin weeks or months of work. However, what most people don’t know is that fan/filtration units can also eliminate infectious agents from the workplace as well.

HEPA Filtration

Now of course, we’re not saying that fan/filtration units and laminar air flow are the sole way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Obviously, you should continue to wash your hands and social distance as usual. However, under normal circumstances, fan/filtration units (specifically HEPA filtration) can help to keep your lab/cleanroom free from pathogens.

Most lab workers/administrators know that HEPA is synonymous with “high quality,” even if they don’t know precisely what it means. HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. They trap 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 microns. Basically, when it comes to trapping airborne particles, HEPA is the absolute best filtration you can get. In the aftermath of COVID-19, HEPA filtration may be your best shot at keeping personnel safe.

 

Conclusion

At SEPS, keeping labs safe and clean is our passion. For decades, we’ve done our part to sterilize, decontaminate and decommission lab equipment. We’re accredited and affiliated with the industry’s leading professional and educational organizations. Essentially, we’ve gotten recognition as a reputable provider of lab services. We’ll continue to serve the scientific and medical communities to provide guidance and cleaning services as needed.

HEPA Filter Leak Test of Technician Clean room