There are various decontamination technologies available; however for everyday laboratory purposes, autoclaving is the most common method. This course focuses on autoclaves, how they work, proper operational practices, and the importance of efficiency testing and validation. An overview of the other decontamination technologies is covered in a separate course.
At the conclusion of this module, learners will be able to explain how an autoclave works; describe safe use of autoclaves; and state the importance of efficiency testing and validation.
Course updated in April 2017