Cleanroom operators are disposing of an average of 10 percent of their sterile cleanroom garments every week due to exterior contamination during the gowning process.
Kreamer notes that, not only were their old disposable cleanroom gowns costly and their packaging bulk made them difficult to store, they also required a tremendous amount of "precise handling," such as rolling up the arms and legs to keep them off the floor during gowning.
A multi-functional product development team at Kimberly-Clark Professional set out to design a new approach to sterile gowning that would eliminate the problems identified during the company's research.
A highly visible blue line along the inside of the garment that signals the proper place to grasp while gowning, helping workers avoid touching the exterior of the garment.
Kreamer, who is responsible for testing new personal protective equipment for use in the WCBF cleanrooms, notes that the new gowning approach is more convenient for their employees and has a better cost-in-use.