Cleanroom materials used by the state to maintain and clean up its cleanrooms have been found in a New Jersey apartment complex, according to a new report.
State inspectors found that workers and contractors in the Garden State’s office of environmental protection are cleaning up the rooms in the state’s largest cleanroom complex in Trenton, according the report released Wednesday by the New Brunswick-based Center for Environmental Integrity.
Cleanroom workers and other contractors have been working on cleanroom construction in the complex, located near Rutgers University, since 2011.
The report says the workers are required to clean the cleanroom with a hand sanitizer and disinfectant every few days.
The report said the contractors have not been following proper cleaning practices, with workers often having to go into the cleanrooms and disinfect the floors.
The New Brunswick Division of Environmental Quality was not immediately available for comment.
The cleanroom facility in Trentons basement was built in 2007.
It houses nearly 1,000 workers.
State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesman David Hodge told NJ Advance Media that the department is “aware of the report” and is working with its contractors.
The state has been investigating the clean room problems since late November, according a press release.
The investigation into the Garden state agency’s cleanroom operations began in September.
Agency spokeswoman Susan Kosten said in a statement that she did not know if the employees in the report were state employees, but she did say that “the cleanroom workers are not required to wear gloves and masks and that they are not allowed to touch or remove debris or dirty surfaces from the clean rooms.”
State law says contractors must maintain the cleanliness of the cleanhouses and the facilities where they work, according an EPA website.
State agencies and businesses in New Jersey must keep cleanrooms clean and free of trash and debris, and are required by state law to have “a safe and sanitary environment.”