Autoclaving Biohazardous Waste Guidelines

These guidelines apply to any autoclave that is used to decontaminate biohazardous waste and include required monitoring and recordkeeping instructions. If you use an autoclave to decontaminate biohazardous waste, you need to read and follow these guidelines and fill out a site-specific SOP (template SOP available). Any personnel operating the autoclave needs to have documented training on the site-specific procedures.


General Autoclave Safety

Use this document to familiarize yourself with the hazards involved with operating an autoclave. Learn how to protect yourself before operating an autoclave. These general autoclave safety guidelines need to be reviewed by any person that operates an autoclave for any reason.