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Protocol Level 1 – 5

The work in this Section describes the five levels of clean construction protocols. The sixth level is Tool Hook-up and/or operations and is listed under Tool Hook-up. The five levels listed here are for a guideline and do not necessarily need to be performed in the manner described below. The levels are listed here for informational purposes only, and do not describe the scope of work provided by Protoclean, Inc. The scope of work is outlined in this document outside of this section and the pricing page.

Level 1 Protocol

During Level 1 it is the building contractor’s responsibility to ensure that necessary protocol requirements are enforced until the transition time when the protocol company, PROTOCLEAN is mobilized and on site.

A. Construction Work Covered

1. Preparation of Cleanroom Construction Area

2. Painting the new concrete structure, floors and walls

3. Main pipe runs including sprinkler work

4. HVAC components

B. Cleaning Requirements:

1. Continuous broom cleaning must occur throughout and rubbish must be removed on an on-going basis. Care should be taken to avoid raising dust during broom cleaning.

C. Material Requirements:

1. The open ends of all make up air ducts are to be sealed with an approved cleanroom material.

2. The ends of the cleanroom pipe lines are to be sealed with an approved cleanroom material.

D. Garmenting Requirements:

1. prior to specialty flooring installation workers and visitors must clean their shoes before entering the main building area. Devices for cleaning the soles of shoes and disposable Protac tacky mats or industrial mats are to be provided at the entrance(s) to the clean construction area. Tacky mats shall be replaced as required.

2. Outer garments must be left outside the construction area. Jackets, hats, scarves and personal items are to remain outside the construction area.

E. Tool / Equipment Requirements:

1. Welding and / or grinding operations near equipment must include proper protection to prevent any potential damage to such equipment.

2. No gas or diesel equipment can be used without a safe work permit and approval from the cleanroom manager.

F. Prior to Installation of Cleanzone Barrier:

1. Vacuuming or wiping of all horizontal surfaces is required.

2. Use designated areas for fabrication, welding, cutting or grinding.

3. Storage of material requires prior approval.

4. Care must be taken to prevent damage to existing construction at all stages of protocol. 

G. Prior to Epoxy Floor Finishing:

1. No traffic shall be allowed over flooring before coating once the existing concrete slab has been prepared to receive the epoxy floor finish.

2. Traffic will be allowed only after corrugated plastic floor protection is in place.

3. Any other trades requiring access must coordinate very closely with Construction

Project Manager and the Flooring Subcontractor

Level 2 Protocol

A. Construction Work Covered:

1. Interstitial spray coatings

2. Wall coatings or sealer

3. Finish epoxy coating or sealer on floors

4. Primary structural ceiling suspension rods

 

 

2. B. Construction Requirements:

1. The use of tobacco products, eating, drinking, or chewing of any kind is not permitted in this area.

2. All tools and materials must be wiped down prior to entering the cleanroom.

3. Protection for the floor must be installed and maintained.

4. Welding/grinding operations must be scheduled with the cleanroom protocol manager. Proper protection of the cleanroom materials must be maintained.

5. Drilling/cutting into materials in the cleanroom requires prior approval and appropriate cleaning methods must be used during and immediately after wok is accomplished.

6. Cleanroom materials must be kept in designated controlled areas.

7. Vacuum cleaning must be maintained with portable HEPA vacuums.

8. Rubbish must be removed on a continuous basis.

9. No cardboard, wood, or packaging materials shall be permitted in the cleanroom construction area at any time, for any reason whatsoever.

10. Daily wet mopping of the entire cleanroom space is required.

C. Garment Requirements:

1. Workmen and visitors must clean shoes prior to donning shoe covers.

2. Workmen and visitors entering the clean zones must wear shoe covers.

3. Workmen and visitors entering the clean zones must wear cleanroom approved gloves.

4. Workmen and visitors entering the clean zones must wear hair covers.

D. Tools / Equipment Requirements:

1. All tools being used in this area must be maintained in a clean condition.

E. After Epoxy Flooring Installation:

1. No traffic shall be allowed over flooring after installation for the appropriate cure period

as defined by the epoxy flooring manufacturer and will be allowed only after floor protection is in place.

2. Any other trades requiring access must coordinate very closely with flooring subcontractor.

3. Flooring protection shall remain in place during the construction period where wheeled equipment is in use.

Level 3 Protocol

A. Construction Work Covered:

1. This stage begins with start-up and continuous operation of the Make-up Air Handler Units as required to provide positive pressure to all ambient areas.   The work performed is cleanroom interiors.

1. Install walls, raised access flooring, cleanroom ceiling grids

2. Install blank ceiling pannels after grid area is cleaned.

 

3. Final hook up ceiling sprinkler systems and lights.

4. Preparations for the ceiling grid clean if a gel system is used.

B. Construction Requirements:

1. No welding / grinding operations will be permitted, either above the ceiling or within the cleanroom.

2. No storage of any materials within the cleanroom shall be allowed without prior approval of the cleanroom site manager.

3. Clean wall panels prior to installation, and upon completion of installation to remove dust and other foreign materials from the facing, using accepted media compound practices. The cleanroom wall system design shall require no cutting or drilling in the cleanroom during assembly. The wall system installation shall minimize the need for field cutting. Mitering components will not be allowed.

4. Test cleaning method on a hidden surface or piece of scrap material. It is the Contractor’s responsibility to determine the suitable location of the cleaning process either inside the cleanroom or inside a temporary clean space. Over-cleaning or excessive rubbing may damage the panel surfaces. Abrasive cleaners and heated cleansers are not permitted to be used in the cleaning process.

5. Raised Floors - Cutting and trimming or other dirt-or-debris producing operations will not be permitted in the areas where the floor is being installed.

6. Perform cutting and trimming or other dirt-or-debris producing operations as remotely as possible from installation as instructed by the construction manager and in a manner to prevent contamination of suppressed slab surfaces under sections of access floor which already have been installed.

7. After completion of installation, vacuum clean the entire floor surface and cover with continuous sheets of reinforced paper or plastic.

8. Protection of the raised access floor must be maintained. Removal of the protection requires prior approval from the Construction Project Manager.

9. All equipment and materials must be unwrapped and wiped down with cleaning supplies provided at the designated material entry / “wipe down” area before they are permitted to enter the cleanroom.

10. Continuous vacuuming with a portable HEPA vacuum must occur throughout the cleanroom area, especially in active work areas.

11. All rubbish must be removed continuously and at the end of each shift.

12. Trades must clean up after themselves, PROTOCLEAN, INC. not responsible for cleaning trade’s debris.

C. Garment Requirements:

1. Workmen and visitors entering the clean zones must wear shoe covers.

2. Workmen and visitors must clean shoes prior to donning shoe covers.

3. Workmen and visitors entering the clean zones must wear;

a. Cleanroom approved gloves

b. Hair Bouffant

c. Beard Covers

D. Equipment Requirements:

1. All tools being used in this area must be maintained and operated in a clean condition.

 Level 4 Protocol

A. Construction Work Covered:

1. Pressurization of the cleanroom area with continuous operation of the make up air unit

2. Installation and connection of the HEPA or ULPA filters.

3. Start-up of recirculation air

4. Completion of all cleanroom work

5. All previous requirements shall remain in effect.

B. Construction Requirements:

1. Any other work in the cleanroom must be coordinated with the Construction Project Manager.

2. All personnel and materials must gown in the Construction Gown Room prior to entering the cleanroom.

3. The cleanroom will have restricted access only to authorized personnel.

4. All debris, rubbish and unused materials must be removed immediately from the cleanroom upon completion of the work.

5. Trades must clean up after themselves; PROTOCLEAN, INC. is not responsible for cleaning trade’s debris.

C. Following HEPA filter installation:

1. Pre-cleaning and preliminary certification will begin.

2. Total lockout shall be maintained after filter installation completion.

3. Access shall be strictly limited to authorized personnel on a need to enter basis.

D. Garment Requirements:

1. Workmen and visitors must clean shoes prior to donning shoe covers.

2. Workmen and visitors entering the clean zones must wear:

a. Shoe Covers

b. Cleanroom Approved Gloves

c. Hair Bouffant

d. Beard Covers

e. Tyvek Suits

f. Tyvek Hood to be worn over hair net and bread cover

g. Tyvek Boots to be worn over shoe covers

E. Equipment Requirements:

1. All equipment entering the cleanroom must be uncrated / unwrapped in an area designated by the Construction Project Manager, and thoroughly cleaned prior to entry.

2. Personnel cleaning such equipment must not be the same as the installing personnel.

Level 5

Level 5 commences after the completion of the final clean and the beginning of the cleanroom complinace test procedures.  During Level 5, certification and testing is performed and the results are reported to ensure that the cleanroom meets As Built specifications as agreed upon by the customer and contractor.  Level 5 ends at the completion and acceptance of the testing.

Level 6 (Tool Hook-up)

See Tool Hook-up tab.

 Other Requirements

A. During all stages of cleanroom construction, food, beverages, chewing gum and snacks are not allowed in the clean construction area.

B. Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products and similar products are not allowed in the clean construction area.

C. Disposal of material and product wrappings, scrap materials, debris, damaged garments, and similar non-usable materials shall be in designated trash containers. Debris shall not be allowed to accumulate on the floor or any horizontal surface.

D. Tacky mats shall be installed at the points of entry to the clean construction area and changed as required.

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