A recent article in Fire Middle East Magazine written by Peter Stephenson, Associate Director of Fire Engineering at BuroHappold Middle East and Branch President for the GCC UAE Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) highlights the business continuity concerns in cleanrooms due to the risks associated with fire.
Stephenson states that "...fire extinguishing agents may help on one side, but can cause serious damage to the infrastructure on the other... Particular fire extinguishing agents can seriously harm the infrastructure, even more than the fire itself, due to the fire suppression agent. Any water-based system could lead to short circuits and cause damage to the electrical components. The deposit of extinguishing media residue deriving from dry powder and foam portable extinguishers can be harmful to the costly and sophisticated technical devices located in the cleanroom."
As an alternative to these potentially harmful fire suppression systems, the article presents the CAP9 fire prevention system. Stephenson says "a relatively new fire suppression and fire prevention method is hypoxic air technology – also called atmospheric control technology. The Dubai-based engineering firm, Opsys, offers CAP9 which is a unique and reliable fire protection system without any negative impact on assets and property during use. The atmospheric control system is one of the most advanced in this field of operations and is approved by Dubai Civil Defence and certified by UL."