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Hygiene Standards: The Pharmaceutical Industry

Hygiene standards within the pharmaceutical industry are stringent in normal times - so while the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it's even more important for businesses to meet the strict safety regulations, to help prevent contamination at any part of the production process.

A massive global effort is underway among pharmaceutical companies to combat COVID-19. Thanks to their deep scientific knowledge (achieved through decades of experience with viruses), they want to play as big a role as possible in quashing the pandemic.

The employees' actions and the materials in the pharmaceutical industry combine to protect against contamination and the risk of disease transmission. Extreme care is taken throughout the entire production process. Personnel, production and facility hygiene are all important preventive measures against the spread of harmful bacteria.

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What do employees have to do?

Employees in the pharmaceutical industry need to wear protective clothing, in terms of specially manufactured PPE gear. This can include protective cover-all suits, protective eye-wear and nitrile or latex gloves.

As well as wearing the appropriate garments, employees must also adhere to stringent personal hygiene practices. The focus is firmly on hand disinfection - as it is within all walks of life in the battle against COVID-19.

Hand hygiene is known to be one of the most important preventive actions against transmitting the virus. Washing the hands not only prevents the transmission of diseases person-to-person, it also protects materials and the laboratories against contamination.

In addition, as with every place of work, employees are required to adhere to social distancing guidelines, working at least 2m apart.

 

How is equipment protected?

Plant and surface disinfection are among the main preventive measures when it comes to the spread of bacteria in the pharmaceutical industry. Various products are formulated to match the appropriate application. They are tested thoroughly for efficiency and occupational safety before being put to use.

In addition, the performance and effectiveness of the safety products, in terms of keeping hygiene standards high, is monitored continually. While this is the case at all times, it is the key to helping in the fight to stop the spread of coronavirus.

 

What are the consequences if these rules are broken?

The consequences of breaking hygiene rules in the pharmaceutical industry could be extremely serious. Protection from contamination is critical for both the products and the workers. The presence of even a very low number of bacteria in the sterile environment of pharmaceutical manufacturing means the product will not be safe for the patient or end-users.

Microbiological purity tests are completed before products are marketed and if this indicates only a minuscule amount of impurities, it could lead to a whole batch of products being discarded. This would waste time and money, at a time when it's vital to keep businesses running as cost-effectively as possible.

In terms of employee wellbeing, failing to adhere to the relevant hygiene standards could lead to illnesses, contamination and the need to self-isolate. This would cause sickness among the workers and problems for the industry as a whole.

 

Safety products

Using the relevant safety products can be the key to running your pharmaceutical businesses safely. Coruba's disinfectant matting is ideal to boost safety and hygiene in all environments involving medical and laboratory equipment.

Disinfectant is poured into the deep, well-like matting, which fits high-traffic areas such as doorways and walkways. When the mat is stepped on, rubber protrusions dip the sole of the shoe into the disinfectant to eliminate contamination before reaching the protected area.

Give us a call on 01702 560194 or email info@coruba.co.uk for further information on our Coru695 moulded footbath well mats.