This assessment covers the use of laboratory autoclaves for sterilising infected materials other than hazard group 4 biological agents, medical devices and equipment for use in human or animal healthcare.

Hazard and Risk

The principal hazards are:

  • infectious disease caused by failure to sterilise

  • contamination of products and other materials through failure to sterilise

  • trauma injury by explosive displacement or opening of a door or lid

  • trauma injury by explosion of sealed glass or other containers

  • puncture injury by needles and other sharps protruding through the walls of autoclaved containers

  • scalding by hot liquids, vaporised liquid or steam.

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