Autoclave bags sometimes referred to as sterilisation bags are used for the secure containment of items intended for autoclaving, steam sterilisation, disposal or incineration. They are available either as standard bags, which need to be tied or taped closed after filling, or convenient self-sealing bags.
The bags are usually preprinted with appropriate hazard signs or other safety information for additional security. They may also feature a write-on panel for further identification and labelling.TST Strip Autoclave 121 deg C, 15mins Type 6 2342 (100strips) can be used to validate that the sterilisation process has been successful, the indicator changes colour when successfully completed.
Autoclavable bags are typically constructed from heavy-duty polythene which provides tear and puncture-resistance. There are two versions either low temperature (suitable for use up to 121°C) or high temperature versions (up to 134°C) an appropriate bag should be selected based on the items being sterilised and the autoclaves settings.
Where are autoclave bags used?
These bags are essential in a range of different workplaces:
Laboratories when dealing with large volumes of contaminated waste
Medical and Veterinary surgical settings for sterilisation of instruments and equipment
Educational and biological research, cell culture or microbiological laboratories for routine sterilisation of glassware and plasticware
Industrial environments such dairy, food and beverage processors where potentially hazardous materials need to be kept secure and separate