September 7, 2007 — ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — Registration is now open for the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) Fall Conference, November 11-14, 2007. Learn about the latest research in the controlled environments and cleanroom industries from leading industry experts in your field. The meeting will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Hoffman Estates (Northwest Suburban Chicago), IL.
Some of the newest opportunities this year are the “Airborne Contamination Control in Healthcare Facilities” tutorial; the meeting of Working Group 205, Nanotechnology Safety: Applying Prevention through Design Principles to Nanotechnology Facilities; and a two-day “Access the Experts” onsite course on Vibration Basics A-Z.
The new tutorial, “Airborne Contamination Control in Healthcare Facilities,” will focus on health-care associated infection (HAI) and what factors are contributing to it and how technology developed for ultra-clean manufacturing facilities can be utilized to help reduce HAI. Joseph McGill of McGill Cleanroom Technology will instruct the course.
Other tutorials that will be offered, including two certificate programs, are:
- Cleanroom Housekeeping — This course, a hands-on, interactive demonstration, will explain how to implement housekeeping procedures essential to a cleanroom contamination control program based on IEST-RP-CC018.
- ISO Series Certificate Program
* Understanding the ISO Series — This course will discuss the ISO 14644 documents with emphasis on ISO 14644 Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments–Part 2: Specifications for testing and monitoring to prove continued compliance with ISO 14644-1.
* Testing to Determine the Classification of Air Cleanliness — This course will cover the requirements of ISO 14644 Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments–Part 1: Classification of air cleanliness.
* Testing Cleanroom Performance — This course will explore the technical requirements of ISO 14644 Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments–Part 3: Test methods, including required and optional tests for characterizing the performance of cleanrooms, except particle counting.
- Sterilization Certificate Program
* Microbiology I — This class will provide a basic background in microbiology, cleaning and disinfection, and sterilization. It will cover terms, definitions, and concepts of microbiology. Cleaning and disinfection of equipment and surfaces in cleanrooms and other production areas will also be addressed.
* Sterilization I — This class will cover radiation and ethylene oxide, the most common sterilization methods used in the medical device industry. The goal is to provide a basic understanding of the testing requirements and methods, including bioburden and sterility testing, as well as validation requirements.
To register, go to http://www.iest.org/fallconference/fallconference.htm. For further information regarding the Fall Conference and IEST publications, contact IEST by e-mail at [email protected] or call (847) 981-0100. IEST members receive a member registration discount. To become a member, contact Mara Douvris at [email protected]
Founded in 1953, IEST is an international not-for-profit technical society of engineers, scientists, and educators that serves its members and the industries they represent (simulating, testing, controlling, and teaching the environments of earth and space) through education and the development of recommended practices and standards.
IEST is an ANSI-accredited standards-developing organization; Secretariat of ISO/TC 209 Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments; Administrator of the ANSI-accredited US TAG to ISO/TC 209; Administrator of the ANSI-accredited US TAG to ISO/TC 142 Cleaning equipment for air and other gases; and a founding member of the ANSI-accredited US TAG to ISO/TC 229 Nanotechnologies.