Any research facility is different in size and pace but a common issue to all of them is assuring that the decontamination equipment is working properly, minimising any downtime in case of a breakdown and ultimately, ensuring that the welfare of animals and staff is met at all times. To prevent the process from being compromised, we have identified 6 Key Points that all facility staff should take into consideration:
1. Planned Preventive Maintenance can help your facility to improve production, increase the lifespan of your decontamination equipment and overall, reduce the maintenance costs significantly. For a long-term operation of the equipment and safe working conditions, it is always suggested to ensure that the facility puts in place specific equipment maintenance visits and training to staff to carry out good procedures and reduce the likelihood of any breakdown and expensive repair bills. Preventive Maintenance helps the equipment to be in shape at all times, with disruption-free processes and increased up-time.
2. Technical support during Emergencies is what makes the difference when your decontamination equipment is down. Remote diagnostic and support can help you to identify minor fault causes in your washer or steriliser and re-establish the normal working operation of the machine without waiting for the arrival of an engineer avoiding unnecessary emergency breakdown bills.
3. Equipment Validation and Testing ensure your decontamination equipment
effectively operates to the standards required for the sterilisation. To achieve sterilisation, the equipment should be able to supply dry, saturated steam. Quality of water and heat are therefore tested through steam/water testing and validation (calibration) of the equipment. Periodic checks should meet the latest CFPP 01-01, EN15883, HTM 01-05 protocols for total security of staff and animal welfare.
4. Effective 6 Log BioDecontamination can be the solution you are looking for if you have any concern regarding the safety of your staff and animal due to crosscontamination or external pathogens and microbes introduced accidentally in the facility. VaporPhase Hydrogen Peroxide (VPHP) is used as cold sterilising agent and it is lethal to all known microorganisms, viruses, and chemically active against spores. VPHP is completely secure on any surface and material, and safe on staff and animals. It provides a rapid and effective antimicrobial spectrum in no time minimising any downtime and loss of productivity.
5. Specialist Advise couldsave the facility money, whether you are planning to open a new research facility or upgrade your decontamination equipment. Decontamination equipment is without a doubt a significant financial investment. Therefore, it is recommended to look for specialist advise when it comes to identifying what the main key decontamination issues are in your facility. In many cases, to minimise costs without compromise of the quality, the refurbishment can be more cost effective than purchasing a new model. If you have decided to purchase a new decontamination unit, make sure the equipment is tailored to your needs and seek support on best decontamination techniques and practices.
6. Training staff to the latest norms and standards on safety practice and procedures for the use of decontamination equipment provides the ground knowledge needed to maximise operational efficiency in your facility. It is always recommended to provide staff with the knowledge they require for the level of operation they carry out
in their department. Staff that receive effective and targeted training, from basic operator to maintenance certification, can ensure equipment is used and kept correctly as well as ensure they are able to identify issues when occurring and promptly take action before the problem results in a breakdown
of the equipment.