Laboratory personnel must be aware of the potential for burns while handling hot sterilized items, and use caution when removing them from autoclaves/sterilizers.

Using gauntlets which provide wrist and forearm protection for handling hot items are examples of appropriate PPE.



Establish good work practices to prevent injuries from occurring.

  • Ensure that the autoclave/sterilizer door is closed and locked prior to starting a cycle.
  • Do not remove items from an autoclave until they have cooled.
  • Wear a lab coat and always use heat-resistant gloves to load/unload an autoclave.
  • Use forceps or other tools to remove sharp instruments or broken glass from pans and autoclaves.
  • Have a cart available to transport items to/from autoclave.