Glovebox isolator technology offers greater overall operator safety when handling potent compounds, as well as greater sterility assurance during aseptic processing or testing than traditional cleanrooms. However, one of the greatest benefits of the technology can be seen from a cost perspective.
Although the purchase of an isolator system is a large capital expense, this is balanced by operational costs that are significantly lower than traditional cleanrooms. Some areas where isolator technology can save money versus cleanroom technology include a smaller HVAC system which saves in utility costs and less filtration which saves in filter change costs. The technology can also help laboratories save on labor cost and investigation costs, with the elimination of false positive results.
Ergonomics is a focal point for those looking to purchase isolator technology, as worker safety and comfort are important considerations. One key attribute to look for is a high level of protection for the operator that does not affect his or her ability to perform complex analytical procedures and compromise results or production procedures.
This cleanroom tip was taken from “Containment and Protection in a Small Footprint,” which appeared in the March 2013 issue of Controlled Environments.