The efficient use of space is vital when it comes to cleanrooms. The cleanroom is one of the most expensive areas in a hospital and so the optimisation of this space with infection preventative furniture is vital. There are no standard solutions and no standard sizes; consequently a number of factors and solutions should be considered. Overlooking the fixtures and fittings during a cleanroom design is a mistake that can often be made as hospital administrators take the views of microbiologists as their guiding principles, but the furniture used is extremely important to the ergonomics and efficiency of a cleanroom space. Let’s take a look at what needs to be considered when specifying cleanroom furniture.
Cabinets and shelving
If the cleanroom is going to be used for the clean storage of sensitive materials, cabinets and shelving are a crucial consideration. If the cleanroom’s primary use is for quality control testing, the workstations become the defining factor along with the choice of sinks, power points, and utilities.
Consider the materials used
Cleanroom furniture in stainless steel has the advantage of being electrically conductive. Moving and cleaning is also facilitated. Cupboards made of stainless steel can be brushed or electropolished with hinged or sliding doors. Internal shelves can be installed as required with solid or perforated options and can also be made of stainless steel or, alternatively, chrome-plated.
Hospital furniture is very simple to assemble and a bespoke solution means all size requirements can be catered to. Whilst shelving may work for the bulk storage of boxed items, cabinets for chemical storage and racks and drawers for tools must also be factored in.
Don’t forget about flexibility
When planning the room, flexibility is also key. The duties performed in the room may change over time, so consider the adaptability and versatility of the furniture chosen. This can be accomplished with workstations on wheels or adjustable height tables.
Cleanroom furniture – where to find out more
Read a short case study about the £300k fitted furniture contract we have recently completed for Wexham Park Hospital’s brand new emergency department, including producing formed stainless steel worktops.
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