Creating a safe environment

Whilst sterilization can be achieved using a number of techniques, the most widely used sterilizers are autoclaves - these eradicate micro-organisms by using pressurised steam to cause thermal stress to the bacteria or virus. To ensure that effective sterilization can be repeatedly achieved, it is necessary to incorporate automated cycle controls which elevate the temperature of the steam and to maintain it for a specified time. This means that even the most thermo-tolerant organisms are inactivated.

Schools sometimes use unsuitable products for sterilizing, such as a domestic pressure cooker or vessel on a tripod heated by a Bunsen burner. In both cases, there are health and safety concerns in addition to efficacy issues.

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Classic Media – a portable autoclave designed specifically for media - now with optional printer