Vertical Autoclave Cleaning SOP



1.0  OBJECTIVE:
To lay down the procedure for cleaning of Vertical Autoclave.
2.0  SCOPE:
This SOP shall be applicable to clean the Vertical Autoclave installed in Quality Control Instrument Lab.
3.0  RESPONSIBILITY:
3.1  Technical Assistant/ Helper.
3.2  Q.C Analyst.
4.0  ACCOUNTABILITY:
4.1  Manager-Quality Control.
5.0  MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT:
5.1  Vertical Autoclave.
5.2  Detergent.
5.3  Clean dry cloth.
6.0  PROCEDURE:
6.1  Ensure that power supply to the autoclave is switched ‘OFF’ before cleaning. Remove the plug from the socket.
6.2  Daily cleaning:
6.2.1        Wipe exterior or interior of the unit with a soft cloth dampened in mild detergent.
6.2.2        Thoroughly wipe off all traces of the detergent with a tightly squeezed damp cloth.
6.2.3        Disinfect the unit using ethanol.
6.3  Weekly cleaning & maintenance:
6.3.1        Cleaning the inside the chamber and the water level sensor:
6.3.1.1  Remove the stainless steel basket with slatted bottom plate carefully out of the chamber.
6.3.1.2  Thoroughly clean the inside the chamber and the water level sensor with mild detergent and cloth or other suitable material. Wash out the detergent with tap water and drain the water.
6.3.1.3  Turn the water level sensor counterclockwise with hands and remove it from the sensor base. When removing the sensor, be careful not to drop it into the chamber.
6.3.1.4  Polish the water level sensor using household cleanser and a toothbrush or cloth until the silver plate surface appears. If the sensor is badly contaminated, polish it to clean with fine sandpaper.
6.3.1.5  After cleaning the water level sensor, turn it clockwise with hands and mount it into the sensor base and secure it. When mounting or dismounting the water level sensor, be sure to turn it manually and do not use pliers or any other tools.
6.3.2        Cleaning the chamber lid gasket:
6.3.2.1  Wipe surface of the chamber lid gasket thoroughly with a clean soft cloth with applying force.
6.3.2.2  Wipe opening of the chamber with a clean soft cloth.
6.3.3        Cleaning the outer panel:
6.3.3.1  Wipe outer panel with a soft cloth dampened in mild detergent and then thoroughly wipe off all traces of the detergent with a damp cloth.
6.4  Record it in Annexure-1.
6.5  After completion affix the “CLEANED” label and fill the “Cleaning Equipment Log Book”.
6.6  Inspection:
6.6.1  Checking the leakage breaker:
6.6.2  Turn on power at the main switch.
6.6.3  Press the red test button located inside the power switch with a slim rod.
6.6.4  When the switch is automatically turned off, the leakage breaker works normally. If not, contact your dealer.
6.6.5  Checking the pressure tank:
6.6.5.1  Check the pressure tank for any damage or cracks.
6.6.5.2  Check the inside the chamber for any corrosion or damage such as cracks.
6.6.5.3  Check the chamber lid for any corrosion or damage such as cracks.
6.6.5.4  Check the lid arm and lid arm guide for any corrosion or damage such as cracks.
6.7  Frequency:
6.7.1        Daily before and after use.
6.7.2        Once in a week.
6.8  Precautions:
6.8.1  When executing maintenance sequences, be sure to unplug the instrument first to avoid electric shock.
6.8.2  When executing maintenance sequences, make sure that the temperature inside the chamber falls down sufficiently.
6.8.3  Stop running the instrument if corrosion, damage or deformation is found in the chamber, chamber lid, lid arm or lid arm guide.
6.8.4  Stop running the instrument if such damage as cracks or leaks is found on the chamber lid gasket.
6.8.5  Do not unnecessarily pull the lid gasket out of the chamber lid or deform it.
7.0  REVISION LOG:
Revision No.
Effective Date
Reason
00

New SOP

8.0  REFERENCES:
8.1  Not Applicable.
9.0  ANNEXURES:
Annexure 1: Cleaning record of Vertical Autoclave.






Annexure: 1
Cleaning record of Vertical Autoclave
CLEANING RECORD OF VERTICAL AUTOCLAVE
Date
Inner side
Outer side
Cleaned by
Checked by















































































































10.0    ABBREVIATIONS:
Abbreviation
Expanded Form
SOP
Standard operating procedure
&
And
No.
Number  
Ltd.
Limited
QCEC
Quality control Equipment cleaning
Q.C
Quality control


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