Autoclave Safety Basics

  • Never autoclave nitrocellulose tubes - they can explode!
  • Carefully prepare items for autoclaving.  Loosely cover or cap containers to avoid over-pressurization.
  • Keeps loads small - overloading hinders steam penetration.
  • Bags should be open and should be contained within the stainless steel tray.
  • Open door about one inch and allow ten minutes to let the load cool before removing tray.
  • If you experience any problems or unusual occurrences, please report them to Environmental Health and Safety, 716-9375.


Last Updated: 02-18-2015
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