cent each, and cleanroom furniture at 47.9 percent.
Cleanroom services (outside cleaning companies,
consultants, designers/engineers) will be utilized by
31.5 percent of those that took the survey.
Unlike last year, the majority of responders (40.8
percent) use single-use, disposable cleanroom attire,
rather than washable attire (36.7 percent). But similar to last year, 7. 5 percent use single-use, recyclable
attire. Approximately twice as many responders
as last year ( 15 percent) said they do not purchase
attire for their job.
The number of responders who said they
re-stock their consumables once a month went back
down to 2015 levels — 51.7 percent this year, compared with 58 percent in 2015 and 72.6 percent in
2016. Quarterly consumables orders were represented by 29.3 percent of responders, up from 11. 9 percent last year. A smaller percentage ( 9. 5 percent) say
they order these products twice a year. Only a few
said they order once a year, or every other year.
Your turn to clean
We asked readers who takes care of cleaning their
facility. An equal percentage (36.1 percent) said
that this task is delegated to the cleanroom workers
themselves, or they hire an outside company to clean
for them. Meanwhile, 27.8 percent say they have an
in-house staff solely dedicated to cleaning duties.
Nearly half of responders — 44.8 percent — have
the facility inspected by an outside company once
a year. “More than once a year” was represented by
30.3 percent of the responses. Meanwhile, 16. 6 percent have their facility inspected by an outside company every two to five years, and 8.3 percent bring
in an outside inspector every five to 10 years.
Once again, men make up more than two-thirds of
Controlled Environments readers who responded to
this survey, at 78.3 percent.
Similar to our 2015 survey, the largest represented age bracket was made up of people aged 50 to
59, at 35.3 percent. A significant portion of survey
takers are working into their golden years, with 27. 7
percent aged 60 or above. Ages 40 to 49 made up the
next-highest age range at 21 percent, and 30 to 39
year-olds made up 13. 4 percent of responses. One
again, cleanroom workers in their 20s were scarce,
with just three responders in this age group.
Graduate degree holders declined a bit this year
to 45 percent, compared with exactly 50 percent last
year. College graduates make up 32.5 percent of sur-