How to Stay Safe & Follow Procedure When Operating an Autoclave

Autoclaves, also known as steam sterilizers, use pressurized steam to kill any microbial life that may be present on a contaminated item. For this reason, autoclaves are most commonly used in laboratories, hospital operating rooms and food production facilities in order to sterilize goods and instruments.

Autoclaves are extremely powerful and can therefore pose a hazard to individuals who are inexperienced with operating them. In an effort to mitigate potential risk, we’ve put together this helpful guide on laboratory safety and standard autoclave working procedure.


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