If You Run A Cleanroom, Here’s How Harmony Fits In

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Cleanroom Supplies from Harmony

At Harmony Lab & Safety we know that cleanrooms require special attention and products when it comes to maintaining the operation of your controlled environment. If you run or manage a cleanroom, we offer great products designed just for use in cleanrooms of all types.

Disposable Apparel for Cleanrooms

Many cleanroom operations are moving to disposable apparel instead of resource heavy laundered apparel. Disposable apparel eliminates laundering costs and maintenance and still provides comfortable and reliable protection. Harmony supplies cleanroom face masks, cleanroom isolation gowns, lab coats & frocks, coveralls, and shoe covers that are all disposable, easy to use, and reliable.

Cleanroom Disposable Gloves

Available in assorted materials, our selection of Cleanroom Gloves are fit for any cleanroom job. 9-12 inches long cleanroom gloves in nitrile or latex and in assorted colors, you’re sure to find the disposable glove for your cleanroom needs. Our Cleanroom Gloves are also available in sterile or non-sterile. Leading brands of cleanroom gloves such as V-Clean, TechniGlove, and Cranberry, at lower prices.

Adhesive Mats For Cleanrooms

Adhesive Mats and Rollers for Cleanrooms are essential in controlling dust and dirt in cleanroom and other controlled environments. Harmony offers cleanroom mops, adhesive roller film, adhesive roller handles, and adhesive mats for cleanrooms in assorted sizes. Stop dirt in its tracks with our Adhesive Mats!

Cleanroom Documentation

Office Supplies and documentation are different for Cleanrooms and clean environments. Our specially designed cleanroom notebooks and cleanroom paper are coated and impregnated with a polymer. This coating keeps the paper from generating particles and contaminating the cleanroom. If you need a latex coating we have these products as well. Keep your area clean with our selection of cleanroom documentation, cleanroom paper, and cleanroom pens designed just for Cleanrooms.

Swabs for Cleanrooms

Swabs and Applicators in the Cleanroom are often required tools. Make sure you only get the highest quality swabs for work in cleanrooms. Harmony’s selection of cleanroom swabs are from top brands like Chemtronics, Huby, Puritan and TekniSwab to ensure quality, performance, and reliability. We have many different swab materials to choose for controlled environments including knitted polyester swabs, microfiber swabs, foam swabs, ESD swabs and cotton swabs in a wide assortment of sizes.

Cleanroom Polyethylene Tape

Polyethylene Tape for cleanrooms are used to seal and label safely in a controlled environment. Low Particulate, contaminant free tape wound on a clean plastic core and individually packaged in heat sealed bags in Class 100 environment. Polyethylene Cleanroom Tape has less particulates and higher adhesion than vinyl tapes and leaves no residue when removed.

Cleanroom Wipers

High Quallity Wipers are a must in Cleanrooms! We offer only top quality cleanroom wipers with features that our customers care about. Whether you need cleanroom wipes in materials like polyester, microfiber, or poly/cellulose, we have what you need for the job. Pre-saturated alcohol wipes are also extremely handy in cleanrooms. Shop our assortment of quality cleanroom wipes and save with our competitive prices.

If you need cleanroom supplies, we can help.

Contact us today (800-899-1255) for even more information on finding the products you need for your cleanroom or controlled environment.

How To: Clean Clogged Print Heads

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Clean Clogged Printer Heads

If the printer head nozzles are blocked or dried out you will need to dissolve the dried ink.

If the cleaning cycle doesn’t do the trick in clearing up poor and incomplete output, don’t give up and assume you’ll need to buy a new printer head (which can cost more than a new printer).

How To Manually Clean Print Heads

Manual Cleaning Print Heads

  1. Check your printer’s owner manual for the location of your print head. Refer to the directions below if the head is in the printer and not part of the individual ink cartridges.
  2. Remove the ink cartridges and dab hot water or isopropyl alcohol onto a cotton swab. Or use our self-saturating alcohol foam swab.
  3. Rub the swab against the print head to loosen dried ink. You can also use a dropper to drip 7 to 10 drops of the isopropyl alcohol into the ink receptacle if your print head is deep in the printer.
  4. Use a non-abrasive dry foam swab to clean and dry the area.
  5. Run the printer’s own cleaning program 2 times and then let the printer sit overnight. Repeat the self-cleaning utility the next day.

NOTE: You may want to wear latex gloves to help keep ink off your hands.

Preventive Maintenance

Regularly conducting preventive maintenance on your printer will prevent it from developing clogged printer heads. The most common reason printer heads get clogged is simply that the ink cartridge and the printer head have dried out.

Never let the printer stand with an empty cartridge. Either fit a fresh one, or seal the print head unit in a plastic bag with a few drops of water for humidity. Print heads become clogged when not used for long periods of time so regularly print a page or two to keep the print heads clear.

More Printer Cleaning Tips:

  1. Regularly run printer cleaning cycles.
  2. Cover the printer when not in use to keep it free from dirt and debris also helps prevent the printer heads from getting clogged.

Back From The 2016 National Safety Council Expo

2016 National Safety Council Expo

Jeff dropped by the World’s Largest Annual Safety Exhibit in Anaheim, CA earlier this week to find the best new safety products for our customers. He scouted more than 1,000 exhibitors showcasing new and innovative safety products across 200,000 sq ft.!

In the coming weeks we will be introducing new safety products straight from leading industry manufacturers to you!

Here’s a sneak-peek at what’s coming.

High Visibility Garments

Being seen is critical for worker safety, especially in equipment and vehicle work, and low light environments. We’re expanding our Highly Visible Safety Garments including jackets, hoodies, pants, rain gear & more.

Keystone Disposable Coveralls

New Keystone Microporous Coveralls are 40% thicker and 40% less than Tyvek Coveralls! Saving you money and providing extra performance.

Disposable Black Shoe Covers

Hard to find black protective shoe covers will be available from Harmony! These shoe covers look professional for industry work and contractors and are a breathable, cloth-like material. Protects carpets and floors, and fits over work boots!

Disposable High Visibility Gloves

Great for food processing plants.  The diamond grip surface for sure handling in wet conditions.  Bright orange gloves can be easily seen for compliance and the extra-thick 8 mil glove won’t shred.

All in all, a productive show for Harmony.

Why Use Cleanroom Gloves for Critical Environments?

Concerned About High Levels of Cleanroom Contamination?

Make sure to use pure clean gloves manufactured for cleanrooms, and don’t use a standard industrial or medical grade glove in cleanrooms.

Why can’t you use a lower cost industrial grade or Medical grade glove in defined clean rooms?

Why Use Cleanroom Gloves for Critical Environments?

  • The chlorination manufacturing process of Cleanroom Gloves reduces the natural rubber protein levels as well as particulate and ionic residuals.
  • Chlorination also reduces tack levels by washing the gloves in a solution of chlorine gas and water. Less tack allows for easier glove donning off and on!
  • Post chlorination processing and testing is very important to the manufacturing process of Cleanroom Gloves.
  • After chlorination the gloves are processed through multiple deionized water rinse cycles to further reduce residual contaminants. In this process, excess particulates, extractable ions, and nonvolatile residues are removed.
  • The gloves are then dried in HEPA filtered dryers prior to packaging. This part of the process is undertaken in a cleanroom environment.

The Enemy of Cleanrooms

The enemy of clean rooms is particulates that cause contamination and can damage the sensitive products being produced.

Industrial Grade Nitrile gloves are void of Cleanroom Glove processing preparation and can produce a high level of contamination.

Also Sterile Nitrile Gloves only address bacteria levels and do not reduce glove contamination levels. This fact is why Sterile Surgical Gloves should not be used in clean room applications.

If you’re operating a critical environment make sure to use disposable gloves manufactured for cleanrooms.

See our selection of Cleanroom Gloves here.

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Food Safety, Practices & Disposable Apparel

Food Safety

Foodborne illnesses have been receiving more media coverage recently. This has led to greater public awareness and we all need to increase food safety training levels for employees working in the food industry. This is essential for food safety and public health.

It is not only a requirement to meet food safety regulations but also a responsibility towards end clients as well as the general safety of people.

 

Prevent food product contamination:

  1. Ensuring food workers have an understanding of basic food protection practices: First of all, if employees understand food protection practices, such as staying clean and disease free, it goes a long way to prevent product contamination. Something as basic as hand washing prevents a range of complicated food borne illnesses. (Such as Salmonella typhi, Shigella species, shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or hepatitis A virus.)
  2. Ensuring no hair in food: Because it is important to acknowledge that hair in food is one of the most common errors in the food industry. While it is a human mistake, it is a potential source of microbiological and physical contamination. Wearing hairnets, beard covers and long sleeved smocks are essential.
  3. Ensuring minimal contamination as possible: It is not easy to completely eradicate contamination. This is because of microbes in the air that cannot be humanly prevented from entering food. However, employees can take key steps by wearing clean uniforms or disposable apparel. Keeping processing areas and utensils sanitized and not wearing jewelry that may fall into food.
  4. Keeping the food area disease free: Employees with flu or a cold should stay home. Coming to work sick can expose others at work and may contaminate food, leading to potentially much bigger issues.

Finger nails must always be clean and cut, personal hygiene maintained, and any illness reported. It is essential to equip employees with the correct personal protection products including food handling gloves, hair nets, beard guards (beard nets/covers) and face masks. Employers in the food industry must ideally provide a thoughtful and comprehensive training program.

 

Here are few things to remember when providing food safety training:

  1. Use of language

Employees may not share the same native tongue as the employer.  Translate instructions, practices, processes, and procedures to a language employees understand best. Explain the importance and benefits when you use disposable gloves during food handling. 

  1. Communication

Just like salary negotiations happen prior to employment, it is important to communicate proper and preferred hygiene practices at the same time. It is essential to be clear and precise. Wearing their hairnets and beard covers must be fully explained to the potential employee.

  1. Reaffirmation

A reaffirmation of the proper hygiene practices is essential with periodic training programs as well as innovative approaches such as displays of signs with pictures of good practices. Again, language plays a major role and  context. Cater to the employee’s known language.

 

Lastly, use safe steps in food handling, cooking, and storage to prevent food-borne illness. You can’t see, smell, or taste harmful bacteria that may cause illness. Keep food safety in mind for your employees, yourself, the consumer, and the general public.

Choosing the Right Disposable Gloves

Employers are required by law to provide their employees with acceptable personal protective equipment (PPE). This is to ensure the employees’ safety and minimize potential risk.

PPEs should be utilized in conjunction with a controlled work environment to complement each other and act as the final barrier between a hazardous chemical and an employee.

Gloves are a major part of personal protective equipment, but the sheer number of options can be daunting.

Below, we will break down the specifications of each glove type.

1. Latex Gloves 2810W-glove

Many consider Latex Gloves to the be industry standard. It provides the highest level of touch sensitivity and dexterity allowing an extreme level of precision. Latex provides an optimal barrier against infectious material and biological contaminants.

  • Natural Material made from rubber
  • Comfortable, tight fit providing a normal level of touch sensitivity
  • Wearable for an extended period of time
  • Cost-effective
  • Strong, elastic, and puncture resistant

2. Vinyl Gloves 2910w-gloves

An ideal choice for those seeking latex-like attributes, but are allergic to latex itself. Vinyl gloves are designed with a loose fit making it more comfortable than latex. While still being extremely comfortable for long term use, vinyl gloves are designed more for short-term activities.

  • Less-expensive than latex gloves
  • Slightly loose fit, suitable for short-term tasks
  • Easy to put on
  • Medium-duty glove
  • Effective temporary barrier against biological contaminants

3. Nitrile Gloves duraskin-nitrile---2010w-glove

A latex-free glove that provides superior strength and protection. It’s level of dexterity and touch sensitivity is slightly below latex. Nitrile gloves are excellent for highly demanding jobs due to its resistance to puncturing.

  • Highest quality latex replacement
  • Synthetic material, allergy-free
  • Naturally resistant to oil
  • Puncture-resistant, highly durable
  • Medical, food, and industrial applications

4. Polyethylene Gloves lbfh-pe-gloves

A low-cost, temporary barrier between hands and a material. Often used in the food service industry due to its cost-effectiveness. They are easily put on and taken off thus are perfect for temporary and short-term uses.

  • Loose design
  • Ideal for food prep
  • Light-duty glove
  • Most economic option

5. Chloroprene Gloves 2011W-gloves

Offering the fit and feel of latex, they are still a 100% synthetic formulation (latex-free). They are more puncture resistant than latex while providing superior protection against corrosive chemicals. It offers an incredible grip in both wet and dry environments.

  • More elastic than vinyl
  • More puncture resistance than both vinyl and latex
  • Suitable for medical, industrial, and laboratory applications

The type of glove used depends on what level of protection is needed. Generally, thicker gloves provide greater chemical resistance even though thin gloves can be made to be as strong as their bulkier counterparts.

Gloves can be purchased in either powder or powder-free options. The power is usually USP cornstarch and acts as a lubricant in the donning process. This powder, through its reaction with latex, can cause latex allergies. This is where powder-free latex gloves and latex-free gloves come into use.

Medical gloves, otherwise known as examination grade gloves, are designed around the quality requirement of the FDA. Originally intended for hospital settings, they have seen use in other fields where a higher degree of protection is required.

The food service industry uses gloves designed for short-term use, such as the polyethylene material. Gloves are an essential piece in minimizing cross-contamination.

Industrial gloves are not regulated by any US government agency, however, the American Society for Testing and Materials does set standards which our gloves conform to.

Gloves in general typically last 3 years from the date of manufacture, if stored properly. Disposable gloves should be stored in their original packaging, away from extreme temperatures, and excessive dust, sunlight, and moisture.

Browse our Disposable Gloves section here.

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