Compare Apples to Apples…

Posted by: Kristina Covelli Lopez


When making purchase decisions make sure you’re comparing apples to apples – and remember, not all apples are the same!

As consumers we like to be informed about our purchases. Knowing your needs and understanding the product’s features will allow you to compare different products and make an informed decision. When making these purchase decisions it is important to compare Apples to Apples and make sure you really get all of the features you want and have asked for!

Imagine for a moment going to a grocery store and mulling over your purchase decision for that perfect apple – the one that meets all your perfect apple criteria. You’ve done your research and have decided that this apple is indeed the apple you want, so you buy your apple and head home. Now imagine the moment you go to eat your perfect apple. You pick it up and go for your first delicious bite. Before you’ve even sunk your teeth in you’ve imagined just how this apple is going to taste, feel and sound – but wait! – now that you’re mid chew you discover that although this looked like your perfect apple and everything at the grocery store lead you to believe it was the right choice – it’s actually not the right apple at all! Somehow at the grocery store you had purchased an apple that was close to your perfect apple, but in reality was actually not…

When it comes to buying your next ductless fume hood or workstation, let AirClean Systems Canada help you avoid this situation. We can walk you through all the features and benefits of our products and help you compare this to your other options.  We want to make sure you get the workstation that you really want and need for your safety requirements.  We’ll review all the details­­ – from the required filters, to your delivery requirements, and even custom modifications to ensure the product that you purchase is the product that you really want and need. AirClean Systems Canada is your direct source for AirClean Systems products in Canada – so give us a call at 1 866 718 0505 or email us here!



Trade Show Update!

Posted by: Kristina Covelli Lopez

AirClean Systems Canada is proud to announce our acceptance as a vendor at the Pharmasave National Conference and Buying Show!
The show will be held in Vancouver, BC on April 26 – 29, 2014. We will have our AC710C PowderSafe Balance Enclosure on display so attendees can have a first hand experience with the overall size and operation of the workstation. Come say hello at booth # 532!


2014 Product Catalogue is now available!

Posted by: Kristina Covelli Lopez

AirClean Systems Canada is happy to announce the 2014 AirClean Systems product catalogue is now available!
Check it out!

2014 AC Catalogue


Myths & Misconceptions

Posted by: Kristina Covelli Lopez


Some of the filters for ductless fume hoods cost a lot and must be disposed of as hazardous waste, which can become expensive.


Disposal of the filters falls within the normal PPE process. Because adsorption of the chemicals occurs at the molecular level, the chemical ceases to exist as such, there is no risk of chemical escape. The filters can then be disposed of as you would normally.

The ductwork and make-up air equipment and the associated energy costs of ducted fume hoods far surpasses the cost of replacement filters and their disposal.

AirClean Systems filters are guaranteed to last 12 – 24 months before reaching saturation. The replacement filter costs vary depending on your application but are anywhere from $250-$700. As always, one should look at the overall total cost of ownership. The average 6′ ductless fume hood saves a facility $6,000 in annual energy savings, yielding a total ownership savings year after year.
Also, when a building is designed for ductless fume hoods, the construction costs are much lower than those using ducted hoods.


Trade Show Update!

Posted by: Kristina Covelli Lopez

AirClean Systems Canada is proud to be an exhibitor at the CSHP – PPC 2014 in Toronto, ON this Feb 3-4.  We will be at booth #506 showing-off one of our ductless laminar flow workstations.  Come on by and say hello!!


USP 797 & AirClean Systems Canada

Posted by: Kristina Covelli Lopez

Compounding pharmacies are a critical, but often overlooked part of the healthcare continuum. Because of their direct impact on patient care, quality and safety are essential throughout these facilities.

Testing and quality standards for US facilities are addressed by the United States Pharmacopeial Convention; USP <797> provides guidelines for facilities in which compounded sterile preparations are prepared, stored and dispensed. Although USP 797 guidelines are not enforced in Canada, Health Canada recommends those engaged in sterile compounding should be knowledgeable and obtain specialized technical training in this area.**

What is USP 797? Does it apply to my pharmacy?
USP 797, the “Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations” chapter, outlines that sterile compounding procedures require clean facilities, specific training for operators, air quality evaluations, and a sound knowledge of sterilization and stability principles. If your pharmacy currently performs sterile compounding (or will be in the future), the new USP 797 chapter applies to you. There are many ways to meet USP Chapter 797’s requirements for a sterile compounding area – incorporating a laminar flow hood to an existing clean room environment can help you achieve USP 797 compliance as well as conserving valuable lab space.

Common sterile compounding applications involve:

  • injections
  • ophthalmic solutions
  • ointments
  • IV admixtures
  • inhalation solutions
  • allergens
  • bladder irrigating solutions

AirClean® Systems can help your pharmacy comply with USP 797.
According to USP 797, sterile compounding is to be prepared in an ISO 5 environment. AirClean® Systems manufactures ISO 5 vertical laminar flow workstations and horizontal laminar flow benches. Our workstations provide unidirectional airflow on the direct compounding area (DCA), which allows for optimum ‘first air’ contact with your application. Available in several sizes, AirClean® Systems laminar flow workstations are ideal for pharmacies looking for a USP 797 compliant containment solution for sterile compounding.
While both horizontal and vertical laminar flow workstations provide process protection in an ISO 5 environment, there are some differences between them. Which one is right for your pharmacy? It depends on your needs and the space you have available. Both styles are designed to fit on a standard bench top and plug into a regular 110V AC outlet. AirClean® Systems Horizontal Clean Benches are available in 52’’, 60’’, 72’’, and 102’’ widths. The Vertical Laminar Flow Workstations are available in 24’’, 32’’, and 48’’ widths.

USP 795: Operator Protection – for nonsterile preparations.
USP <795> outlines the responsibilities of the compounder, which can be summarized as being responsible for compounding preparations of acceptable strength, quality, and purity with appropriate packaging and labeling in compliance with requirements established by applicable laws and agencies. Specifically, the responsibilities of the compounder include the following general principles:

  • Personnel are capable and qualified to perform their assigned duties.
  • Compounding ingredients of the appropriate identity, quality, and purity are purchased from reliable sources.
  • All equipment used in compounding is clean, properly maintained, and used appropriately.
  • Only authorized personnel are allowed in the immediate vicinity of the drug compounding operations.
  • There is assurance that processes are always carried out as intended or specified and are reproducible.
  • The compounding environment is suitable for its intended purpose and to prevent errors.
  • Adequate procedures and records exist for investigating and correcting failures or problems in compounding, in testing, or in the preparation itself.

AirClean® Systems PowderSafe™ Type A enclosures provide an effective and safe environment when using powder weighing equipment in conjunction with toxic compounds or chemicals. A PowderSafe ductless fume hood provides your pharmacy with a distinct and accurate weighing environment for your non-sterile compounding.

Contact AirClean Systems Canada to see how one of our affordable ductless workstations can become part of your pharmacy’s action plan to be USP compliant.


** The 1996 Guidelines for Preparation of Sterile Products in Pharmacies of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) represent the current standard of practice for sterile compounding in Canada. However, these guidelines are practice recommendations, not enforceable standards. Previous surveys of sterile compounding practices have shown that actual practice deviates markedly from voluntary practice recommendations. In 2004, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) published its “General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding—Sterile Preparations”, which set a more rigorous and enforceable standard for sterile compounding in the United States.



Helpful Hints & Tips: Surge Protectors and Your AirClean Systems Workstation

Posted by: Kristina Covelli Lopez

With all the volatile winter weather we’ve been experiencing recently, we thought it was a good time to remind our customers that their workstations should be plugged into a surge protector. A surge protector will protect your workstations from voltage spikes that can be caused by lightning strikes, power outages, tripped circuit breakers, etc.

A power surge can cause the microprocessor controller in your AirClean Systems workstation to reset – in some cases it may turn off one of the blowers, or even reset the controller entirely! These resets can either make it so your workstation does not work efficiently or so it is completely non-operational.

If you think your workstation may have been affected by a power surge or if you are unsure, please make a note of the face velocity and any alarm messages that appear on the LCD screen of your workstation and give us a call to walk through some troubleshooting steps or book a service visit.