8.7.4 Loading the autoclave

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions before attempting to load the chamber.

  • Materials should be loosely packed in the chamber for easy steam penetration and air removal.  Add one cup of water to solid waste in order to create additional steam that drives residual air from the bag. 
  • Transfer infectious waste to the autoclave in a sealed secondary container.  The autoclave bags should be left open during autoclaving to insure steam penetration and sufficient temperatures inside the bag are achieved.
  • Avoid rough handling of waste containers in order to minimize the formation of infectious aerosols.