This Standard applies to
(a) steam sterilizers that
(i) have a chamber volume of 42.5 L (1.5 ft3) or greater; and
(ii) are intended for use in health care facilities;
(b) emergency (flash) sterilizers; and
(c) washer-disinfectors (when used in sterilizer mode).
(1) In this Standard, sterilizer is used as a blanket term for the three types of sterilizers listed in this Clause.
(2) Tests involving modifications to sterilizer controls or safety features can endanger personnel if appropriate safety precautions are not taken.
(3) See CAN/CSA-Z314.13 for recommended practices for emergency (flash) sterilization.
This Standard specifies minimum construction and performance requirements for sterilizers to ensure that
(a) the conditions required for sterilization are achieved; and
(b) the personnel who operate the equipment can perform their tasks safely.
This Standard does not cover
(a) pre- or post-sterilization procedures;
(b) operator requirements;
(c) tests for assessing the probability of product sterility; and
(d) routine quality control release tests.
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