Contamination: What's The Risk?

Contamination is the presence of unwanted and potentially dangerous substances that can pollute your products; it can be anything you don’t want or don’t expect to be present in the final product. 

Contamination falls into one of three categories:

  • Physical – dust, fibers, skin cells, particles.
  • Chemical – residues, gasses, molecules.
  • Microbiological – bacteria, yeast, mold, pollen.

Contamination is an escalating concern in industries requiring adherence to strict cleanliness and hygiene levels. Contamination from shoes and wheels can often be dismissed, and casually labeled as “dust” or “dirt”, but it can pose a real threat to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).  

Contamination can result in...

Inferior Quality

If a small particle of contamination effects, for example, how a microchip works it can result in the final product being faulty or reducing its effectiveness.

Rejected goods

A product recall puts your company’s brand and reputation at risk, sometime to an irreparable degree.

Quarantined batches

One microbe can threaten the whole batch, leading to it being quarantined, scrapped, or requiring a full company shutdown.

Product yield impact

Contamination has a negative impact on product yields and overall profitability.

Health and safety issues

Contaminated environments and products pose a health and safety risk to employees and customers.

Hospital acquired infections

Contamination in healthcare environments increases the risk of hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA.

Sources and Threats...



Humans can generate 5-10 million skin, hair, and dirt particles every minute. Humans create additional, dangerous particulate contamination through motion, and carry it with them into critical areas.


The Facility

The facility itself can introduce contamination. This can include contamination such as debris, dust, and powders from manufacturing processes, tools, and machinery. 



Airborne contamination should not be ignored. Contaminants such as mold spores, allergens and other invisible particles in the air may pose a threat to critical areas.

Visible and Invisible Risk


Don't Ignore the Floor!

80% of contamination enters controlled environments via the floor. Therefore, it is vital to control contamination and cross-contamination at the floor level to protect your environment. If left uncontrolled, floor-level contamination can be redistributed into the air, by the movement of bodies through the environment or airflow. 

In some cases, implementing measures to reduce the risk of contamination in critical areas is a statutory requirement. Regulatory bodies such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and professional auditing teams using risk management systems, all recognize the importance of controlling contamination at the floor level.


Ensuring that the unseen doesn't compromise the unbeatable quality of your products.


Did you know?

Dycem is the most effective solution for controlling contamination at floor level, it attracts, captures, and retains up to 99.9% of contamination from shoes and wheels, and up to 75% of airborne contamination.