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Public Health Regulation 2012
Current version for 19 July 2019 to date (accessed 18 October 2019 at 04:40)
Part 4 Division 2 Clause 26
26   Reusable articles must be sterilised
(1)  All reusable articles used to penetrate a person’s skin for skin penetration procedures must be sterilised, whether at the premises or off-site.
(2)  If reusable articles are sterilised at the premises:
(a)  a bench top autoclave, maintained in accordance with AS 2182–1998 Sterilizers—Steam—Benchtop, must be used, and
(b)  there must be at least one person present at the time the autoclave is used who is adequately trained in the operation of the autoclave, and
(c)  the sterilisation must be carried out in accordance with AS/NZS 4815:2006 Office-based health care facilities—Reprocessing of reusable medical and surgical instruments and equipment, and maintenance of the associated environment.
(3)  If reusable articles are sterilised at the premises, the occupier of the premises must make, and keep for at least 12 months, a record of:
(a)  the time and date when each article was sterilised, and
(b)  the length of time that the article was autoclaved and the temperature and pressure levels of the autoclave.
(4)  If reusable articles are sterilised off-site, the occupier of the premises must make, and keep for at least 12 months, a record of:
(a)  the date on which each article was sent off-site for sterilisation, and
(b)  the name and address of the person who sterilised the article.