Containment strategy

A containment strategy determines all the conditions for performing the handling of pharmaceutical powders in a totally safe manner for the operator, the surrounding environment, and the product. 

Defining a containment strategy starts with the characteristics of the products to be handled, occupational exposure limits (OELs), the amount of powder involved, and the duration and frequency of the handling process. Such a strategy can be implemented either on new machinery or on process equipment that was not designed for containment. Once the systems are installed, one can run the SMEPAC tests, which will simulate the entire process with a placebo compound.