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Proper Gowning Procedure for Cleanroom & Controlled Environments

Lakeland_ghost_cut_PPFrom manufacturing to gowning, every stage of your disposable cleanroom garments’ lifespan requires the utmost care and quality assurance. It won’t matter how many precautions you’ve taken if your garment gets contaminated minutes before you enter your cleanroom.

This is why proper gowning processes are so important. Learning the proper donning and doffing procedures for your disposable cleanroom garments will safeguard your cleanroom or controlled environment against contamination.

Understanding the Cleanroom Gowning Process

The cleanroom gowning process really starts at home. Cleanroom operators must come to work clean, this means:

  • Showered
  • Shaved
  • Teeth brushed
  • Minimal skin moisturizers (non-silicone)
  • No perfume, after shave, makeup

Controlling for these potential excursion factors sets up your controlled environment for success. In addition to proper hygiene before employees arrive at work, there are specific gowning protocols and procedures that must be followed.

The information provided in this article is intended for informational purposes only. Individual site protocols and procedures should be followed at all times.

Aseptic Gowning Donning Guide

Download your free PDF Aseptic Gowning / Donning Guide here.

  • Good Hygiene should be maintained prior to coming to work.
  • Remove all jewelry and personal items.
  1. Don bouffant cap, be sure all hair is contained and ears are covered.
  2. Don disposable shoe covers making sure entire surface of street shoe is contained.
  3. Wash or sanitize hands. Make sure they dry completely.
  4. Don first pair of sterile gloves without touching outside surface area of glove.
  5. Sanitize gloves – this should be done after each step in the gowning process.
  6. Don Hood – use ties to ensure proper fit.
  7. Don Mask – adjust for proper fit (no gaps).
  8. Don Coverall with approved aseptic technique. Touch only the inside of the coverall, do not let coverall touch operator, floor or any surface.
  9. Don first boot cover with approved aseptic technique, then place first donned boot onto “clean side” of gowning area. Repeat.
  10. Don Goggles – adjust for sealed fit.
  11. Second Pair of Sterile Gloves, completely covering the first pair.
  12. Do final check in mirror prior to entering sterile cleanroom.

Non-Aseptic Gowning Donning Guide

Download your free PDF Non-Aseptic Gowning / Donning Guide here.

  • Good Hygiene should be maintained prior to coming to work.
  • Remove all jewelry and personal items.
  1. Don bouffant cap, be sure all hair is contained and ears are covered.
  2. Don disposable shoe covers making sure entire surface of street shoe is contained.
  3. Wash or sanitize hands. Make sure they dry completely.
  4. Don a pair of sterile gloves without touching outside surface area of glove.
  5. Sanitize gloves – this should be done after each step in the gowning process.
  6. Don Hood – use ties to ensure proper fit.
  7. Don Mask – adjust for proper fit (no gaps).
  8. Don Coverall with approved aseptic technique. Touch only the inside of the coverall, do not let coverall touch operator, floor or any surface.
  9. Don Goggles – adjust for sealed fit.
  10. Do final check in mirror prior to entering sterile cleanroom.

Confidence in your cleanroom and/or controlled environment starts with understanding how to select the right disposable apparel for your unique needs.

Get started now with our FREE comprehensive guide. It covers everything you need to know about clean manufacturing and includes a quick selection guide to help you match the right garment for your application and environment. Your free download also includes a bonus: printable aseptic and non-aseptic donning guides.

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