Why Fail-Safe isolation?
When isolation is critical but difficult, keeping it up can be challenging . When it is automated, it requires so little of us, it is easy to forget. If we don’t think about it, reliability can be ESSENTIAL.
For example, in meat packing plants they isolate the processing of raw meat from handling and packaging of the cooked, canned or smoked products, generally kept on the shipping side of the plant.
When this processing/packing segregation is routine, workers can forget about the importance of separating these parts of the factory and cross from one side to another. When workers do cross from meat processing into the packing area without proper isolation precautions, food poisoning problems are almost inevitable.
After several mass contamination incidents with hundreds sickened by listeria and other meat-borne diseases, regulations were put in place to enforce isolation. Now, meat packing plants have walls and decontamination stations in place to force people crossing from raw meat isolation to leave the microbes behind before they can enter the packing department. They often require a change to different color uniforms for the raw vs packing sides, so even clothing must be changed. Food-borne illness outbreaks are now rare as a result of better isolation in meat processing.
A space suit provides exceptional isolation to retain the air the astronaut needs, and defend her from the temperature extremes and vacuum around the suit. If that isolation is not “Fail-Safe” she must be sure to have a very powerful “Plan B” in place, ready to go in a hurry, because she won’t last long without it.
Researchers, industrial workers and professionals in some other industries often need to process materials that decay, corrode, burn or explode when exposed to the air they breathe. They generally depend on isolation within glove boxes, tanks, biological safety cabinets or other special enclosures to conduct their work in nitrogen, argon, sterile air or other non-reactive environments while holding back the ocean of outside air that endangers their work. When this isolation fails, weeks or months of work can be destroyed, sometimes without the user even knowing it happened. We will discuss ways many of these professionals can improve their results and work life with better more reliable isolation.
One way isolation impacts all of us is through the atmosphere and oceans we all share. The effectiveness of isolation of fluorocarbons in refrigeration systems protects the ozone layer and helps to save us from UV radiation. Effective isolation of greenhouse gasses so they don’t escape into the atmosphere is critical if global warming is to be minimized.
Simply put, with Fail Safe Isolation you can protect yourself, protect your family and help to save your planet.
Isolation is part of the lives we all live, whether we work inside an isolation clean-room, an oil-change franchise or our own home. Fail Safe Isolation is about living those lives better, as more effective workers, healthier people and better citizens of the planet we all share. This site is intended to help with that mission. Please let us know how we are doing, and what else we can do to help.
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