Infection prevention and control guidelines

9. Cleaning, laundry and waste management

Cleaning reprocessing area

      1. Cleaning reprocessing area

Last revised: 17 Jun 2024

Cleaning reprocessing area

The area dedicated to reprocessing reusable medical devices must be kept very clean, which involves multiple cleaning episodes during use. Do not use the same cleaning equipment in ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ zones. For example, the disposable cloth used to clean the sinks and bench space used to clean reusable medical devices (such as instruments) should not also be used for cleaning the packing area and loading where clean devices are placed, or the area where packs are placed after sterilisation.

The steriliser, ultrasonic cleaner and washer disinfector also require cleaning.