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Reinforce Safety in Cleanrooms with Floor Tape and More

03 February, 2023

A restricted area sign is featured on the outside of a cleanroom next to the door.


The typical construction costs for building an ISO 8 to ISO 7 cleanroom can range from $250 to $1,500 per square foot or more. Many items can drive up the building costs of a cleanroom, including line marking, ceilings, specialized furniture, lighting, and other devices.

The large investment in building and maintaining a cleanroom reinforces the importance of workplace safety to keep human error and downtime to a minimum. One way to reduce error and downtime is with the utilization of 5S tape. Managers can take these steps to minimize costs and improve overall safety and efficiency.

Evaluate Worker Training

Prevent costly mistakes and ensure your facility has a comprehensive training program in place for all personnel who enter a cleanroom. Deficient safety awareness training causes employees to misunderstand protocol, make mistakes, ignore 5S floor tape, and cause potential problems. Make sure workers know why they need to follow specific procedures and how they connect to the overall goal of the operation. Consider these best practices to help aid worker training:

cleanroom worker

  • Determine a consistent method of employee evaluation and testing.
  • Discuss scenarios including corrective action when mistakes happen.
  • Regularly assess gowning processes.
  • Consider implementing various training tools that resonate with workers of different learning styles.
  • Supply visual guides—like floor tape—near work areas, color-code important machine instructions and post easy-to-read graphics and checklists.
  • Encourage employees to share suggestions for improvements.
  • Offer refresher training when necessary.

Avoid Electrostatic Discharge with Tools like Floor Tape

The level of surface cleanliness and low humidity in a cleanroom encourages static charge generation. Static electricity can attract contaminants in cleanrooms and impact workplace safety, which is why electrostatic discharge (ESD) control is a big concern, especially in medical device manufacturing and microelectronics. Personnel are the main sources of static electricity from simply walking around, and this static charge can easily be discharged into an ESD-sensitive device. Equipment like carts and trolleys moving through the facility can also produce a static charge that can transfer to the products that are being transported on the equipment.

To identify problem areas, establish how ESD-sensitive the parts and assemblies you're manufacturing or handling are to determine the best control solution. Check with the manufacturer or supplier of the equipment or refer to the part data sheet to determine the ESD classification or voltage.

You can reduce electrostatic attraction (ESA) and control static discharge in sensitive areas like cleanrooms using the ESD floor marking tape. ESD floor tape won't absorb static, making it ideal for labeling electronic components and marking in cleanrooms. Post signs to identify ESD-sensitive items produce barcodes, hazard labels, general facility labels and signs, and more. Note: implementing a static-control program will be the best way to ensure the most effective static control.

Implement a 5S System

A 5S system can help correct inefficiencies and ensure operations run smoothly by keeping all items within the cleanroom clean, functional, and where they belong. Here are suggestions for how to implement each step of 5S in cleanrooms and other controlled environments: 

cleanroom floor marking tape

Step 1: Sort

Remove all unnecessary items from the cleanroom. This will help eliminate clutter in the workspace, eliminating hazards that may have been lurking before.

Step 2: Set in Order

Make things easy to find using 5S floor tape. Assign equipment to specific locations so personnel know where to find and return items each time.

Step 3: Shine

Conduct basic maintenance duties. Make it a part of the daily routine to inspect, clean, and disinfect all surfaces—including floor marking tape—and instruments in the cleanroom to protect against contamination.

Step 4: Standardize

Consistently enforce the rules. Ensure all personnel understand the goals and steps of the 5S system to experience the true benefits within the facility.

Step 5: Sustain

Repeat all steps of 5S daily will ensure the workplace remains clean, safe, and efficient.

Install Thoughtful & Compliant Floor Tape

Installing floor tape makes it easier for personnel to navigate in the clean room. Designate workstations, safe aisles and pathways, storage areas, and more to enhance visibility, safety awareness, and organization in any facility. Ensure the 5S tape complies with the ISO cleanroom classification you need. It's also perfect for implementing a 5S system. Create a standardized color-coding system to differentiate between hazards and organizational areas and alert personnel to areas of various tools and equipment.

Outline and highlight areas to prevent damage to expensive equipment, such as ceiling-mounted HEPA filters. Alert personnel conducting maintenance activities to keep clear to avoid punctures and other damage. Mark the facility floor and other areas and surfaces such as walls, carts, shelves, and cabinets with durable floor marking tape. DuraLabel PathFinder LITE 5S Floor Marking Tape is rated for ISO 4 and below and meets federal specifications PPP-T-66E and CID A-A 1689.

These two federal specifications outline requirements for pressure-sensitive adhesive floor tape made for sealing out moisture, sealing interior packaging, and for use of identification, marking, or printing. You can ensure your labels are valid and remain durable using high-quality material. This 5S floor tape is ideal for floor marking applications in manufacturing facilities, laboratories, and other cleanroom-controlled environments.

Evaluate Safety Floor Signs and Labels

Floor signs and labels are essential to any workplace safety program. They help prevent unsafe behavior, draw attention to important information, and communicate hazards. Reduce chances of human error and ensure workplace safety by making sure labels and floor signs are in good condition by conducting a walk-through of the facility. Evaluate and replace worn, outdated, inaccurate, and damaged labels and signs. 

Cleanroom Safety Floor Tape Solutions

5S floor marking is an important element for facility organization that provides workers with helpful visual aids. When creating a safe cleanroom, it's essential to use high-quality products. DuraLabel offers a wide selection of floor signs, tapes, and industrial label printers that are specifically designed to meet the demands of any cleanroom. 

DuraLabel's floor marking solutions not only enhance safety but also contribute to the overall efficiency and organization of your workspace. Take the next step in elevating your workplace safety standards by giving us a call today at 1-888-326-9244 and one of our safety experts can guide you through the process.  

DuraLabel’s free Floor Marking Instant Action Guide not only helps facilities create safe pathways for pedestrians and vehicular traffic but also guides workers to the tools they need. Download your free copy today.  

Learn more about 5S, including 5S floor marking. DuraLabel’s free 5S Instant Action Guide helps build a 5S system that can be implemented in your environment. The guide can also help set facility standards, as well as improve safety and efficiency.  

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