The information contained below should be used as a general guideline only. Always refer to the facility operational policy manual and/or Original Equipment Manufacturer guidelines.
Outside Stainless Steel
Cleaning Stainless Steel Outside parts of the Isolator
The outside of the isolator is typically easily accessible and can be cleaned at any time, ideally while the unit is closed. The stainless steel components should be cleaned using a sterile 70% IPA & 30% WFI solution, or a solution specifically designed for cleaning stainless steel.
IPA stands for Isopropyl alcohol, or its technical name of Isopropanol, Anhydrous. It is a decontaminate (Chemical Formula CH3CHOHCH3) which is highly flammable and could irritate eyes with vapours that can cause drowsiness and dizziness. It also can cause a reaction if made in contact with the skin. Operators must wear Chemical googles, protective gloves and clothing to prevent skin exposure. Always use a NIOSH or European standard EN 149 approved respirator when necessary. For Pharma cleaning operations, IPA is typically supplied with 30% WFI (Water For Injection) in a spray canister/bottle.
Clean room laundered wipers, composing of 100% continuous filament polyester knit fabric with a high saturation level of 70% IPA and 30% WFI water can also be used. This pre-wetted wiper format provides a cost effective and easy-to-use solution versus traditional bulk handling of solvents, maintenance of squirt bottles and inconsistent wetting and cleaning associated with wetting a dry wiper.