The list of items that daily fill FIBCs globally is as long as a barge that might transport them. One particularly common usage of FIBCS is for pharmaceuticals. Given the notably high-quality standards and rigorous procedures that the pharmaceutical industry has to observe at every step (in order to fight contamination of any sort), it’s little wonder that the transportation of pharmaceuticals must follow accordingly.
If you are a facility planning to use FIBCs for transportation, handling, or storage of pharmaceuticals of any kind, it’s key that you find the right bulk bag manufacturer who can supply the appropriate containers for the job. Here are some things to look for when making that decision.
Static Dissipative Fabric
The particular flowability of most pharmaceuticals – since they are often shipped in finely powdered forms – puts their containers at risk of building up a dangerously large surge of static electricity when being filled or decanted. Pharmaceuticals are often hazardous substances, and even if they are not, static can make discharge and removal from their containers difficult. This will lead to lost product. With all this in mind, it’s vital to consider using an anti-static Pharma Grade bulk bag for all pharmaceuticals. Doing so can prevent potential accidents in the volatile atmosphere of an industrial zone and ensure that there is little to no product loss incurred during shipping and storage.
While materials such as rocks, plant matter, minerals, or cubes might rarely require special shipping considerations, pharmaceuticals are another complication entirely. Ensuring the separation and isolation of the product for sterility is fundamental when handling any product that will be in a lab environment. Using bulk container liners can help guarantee the integrity of powders by providing an extra layer of protection for the material, thus keeping moisture, dirt, and other contaminants out. Generally, most suppliers offer polyethylene liners separately or pre-inserted into their bulk bags.
While recycled resin might cost less and help employ some degree of sustainability within your production, it is not fit to be used for any food-safe items you might be transporting. Pharmaceuticals are no exception. Virgin resin-based industrial bulk bags will help safeguard your product from cross-contamination, since simply, by their production process, recycled resin bags can contaminate products with a variety of foreign matter particulates. Some of these particles are nearly impossible to detect.
BRC Global Standards
Whatever supplier you end up using, it’s important to consider whether they have BRC certification. This certification assures that your supplier is sourcing from a manufacturer that is in compliance Global Food Safety Initiative Standard. This include:
- Metal detection
- Pest control methods
- Proper hygiene and ventilation
- Recording keeping
Essentially, it assures that the bags are manufactured in a clean room with fail-safe procedures in place to make sure each bag meets specific criteria.
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