Pharmaceutical Applications


Best practices for pharmaceutical manufacturers include filters to ensure clean and sterile environments to develop and produce life-saving products. Air filters as recommended engineering controls are effective in protecting workers from the harmful side effects associated with long term chemical exposure.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers must establish primary engineering controls to limit the risk of contamination within laboratories or other health care facilities. -American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). PECs include high-efficiency particle air filters, which extract particles that could act as both chemical and physical contaminants. Companies and labs designate clean areas where workers are able to practice sterile preparations. These areas should have an air supply that is funneled through an air purification system that meets efficiency and performance requirements. It is also crucial that areas have set standards for cleanliness. For the entrances to clean areas, there should be airlocks for personnel and other necessary equipment and materials used for manufacturing. Air filters ensure the air used is sterile. Dry heat sterilization requires air to circulate in a chamber while implementing positive pressure to block nonsterile air from entering this space. Changing rooms should be flushed with air that has been purified. Workers in the pharmaceutical manufacturing space routinely handle potentially hazardous substances, if not isolated or contained, could result in inflammation or damage to the lung cells and tissues.

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