Every cleanroom garment is as essential as pharmaceutical products from the safety and hygiene perspective. All Pharmaceutical companies often oscillate between choosing the two types of Cleanroom PPE garments for their workers- Reusable Vs. Disposable Cleanroom Garments.
The basic concern behind learning the difference between the two and their degree of importance is to maintaining Good Manufacturing Practices in pharmaceutical industry and HACCP of its processes. As in our surrounding, there are several million bacteria particles carried contagiously through air, water and touch. The primary function of cleanroom garment is to act as a resistance filter to protect products and humans from hazardous infections according to ISO 14644-5. For both the two types of garments, adequate protection is achieved only when they meet regulatory standards by organizations like ISO/IEC 17025- Testing and Calibration laboratories, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, National Infection Control Guidelines etc.
Let’s take a look at the difference between Reusable cleanroom garments and disposable or single use cleanroom garments.
Reusable cleanroom garments
• Reusable cleanroom garments are made up of woven fabric materials and meant to last
through multiple uses.
• They are made from polyethylene terephthalate that is fully recyclable for maximum times
with minimal impacts to the environment.
• Because of its densely woven fabric like pima cotton with a thread-count of at least 270 or
280 or a very tight woven 1005 polyester fabric, Reusable cleanroom garments can stand
up to 75 washings and sterilization cycles before disposing permanently.
• The material used here is permeable to water vapor that provides generous fit and
• The advances in reusable garments and the availability of hi-tech specialist cleanroom
laundries are making non-disposable clothing a more cost-effective option
Disposable cleanroom garments
• Disposable cleanroom garments are made up of non-woven material and most of them
are made from spun-lace, melt brown polyethylene, polyester fiber blend or a spun-
bonded and intended for single use.
• Manufactured from a fabric that filters human-dispensed contamination to the
patient and work environment.
• These are manufactured from lightweight, low-threading and durable material that caters
to excellent amalgam of comfort and protection.
• Sterile Operating facilities tends to optimize for disposable garments due to the
• The purchase of disposable cleanroom garment is cost affordable, though it hardly affects
BS EN 14065:2002 ref 10 Textiles Laundry Processed Textiles Biocontamination Control System
The standard provides the basis for a management system for effective biocontamination control in laundries, particularly those serving end-users such as food processing and healthcare. The standard has been developed using the principles of a Risk Analysis and Biocontamination Control (RABC) system which is closely analogous to Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems.