Category Archives: Knowledge Base

What are Pyrogens and Endotoxins…and How Can They Be Controlled in a Cleanroom

What are Pyrogens and Endotoxins?

Often, we use the terms’ bacterial endotoxin’ and ‘pyrogen’ interchangeably. They refer to phospholipid-polysaccharides (also termed lipopolysaccharides, or LPS). And there’s a chance that these pyrogens may be released from decaying Gram-negative bacteria such as E. coli. Following cell death, these complex macromolecules emanate from compromised outer cell walls. If unchecked, it can induce and [Read More…]

The Science of Cleanroom Wiper Usage

Wrong way to wipe

Our cleanrooms, laboratories, and other controlled environments routinely offer a broad range of cleaning, disinfecting, and decontaminating equipment such as mops and mats, and consumables, including sprays, swabs, and the ever-popular wipers. But the availability of such tools is, in itself, not sufficient to ensure sterility and hygiene. The missing component? An understanding of best [Read More…]

Storage Protocols for SatPax® Presaturated IPA Wipes

SatPax

Berkshire’s line of SatPax® pre-wetted wipers contain a variety of materials including nonwovens and knitted, as well as different IPA saturation levels. Section 7 of each Safety Data Sheet (SDS) states the Handling and Storage precautions that need to be followed. Store in accordance with local regulations. Store in a segregated and approved area. Store in original [Read More…]

Are the EZ Bleach™ Disinfectant Tablets fabric safe?

Man in protective suit disinfecting the Hotel room.

Berkshire received the following inquiry on our website:  “Hello, I am wondering if the EZ Bleach™ Disinfectant Tablets are fabric safe? I am going to be using it in an electrostatic sprayer and I want to make sure that the overspray isn’t going to bleach any fabrics that it may come in contact with.” Answer: [Read More…]

What is the ppm for 1 tablet in a spray bottle mixed with 1 liter of water?

1ml dilution guide

Q: Berkshire received the following metric inquiry regarding EZ BleachTM Disinfectant Tablets: What is the ppm for 1 tablet in a spray bottle mixed with 1 liter of water? A: The answer is 958 ppm. Please refer to side 2 of the product information sheet where Berkshire lists the Dilution Guide for a 1000mL (1L) [Read More…]

Can you use the EZ Bleach ™ Disinfectant Tablets with electrostatic sprayers and foggers?

Berkshire-Bleach-Alternative-Tablets

Question: Can you use the EZ Bleach™ Disinfectant Tablets with electrostatic sprayers and foggers? Answer:  End users should always follow the equipment manuals for compatible chemistries.  In general there is no known compatibility issue between EZ Bleach™ and the sprayers/foggers.

Q&A – What is the Delta P and BFE of Berkshire’s face masks?

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Q&A – What is the Delta P and BFE of Berkshire’s face masks? The Differential Pressure (DP) is a test that measures how easily air is passed from one side of the mask to the other. This indicates how easily the wearer can breathe through the mask, and is in indicated by Delta P. Higher DP [Read More…]