How should a Paddle Tester be disposed?
Paddle Tester disposal
Before disposal, the Paddle Testers should be sterilized by one of two methods:
- Autoclave - One can place the Paddle Testers into a contaminated items bag or biohazard bag (do not seal the bag), and then autoclave at 121 °C (250 °F) for 30 minutes at 15 lb of pressure. When the bag is cool, seal it and put it into a garbage bag.
- Bleach - One can place the Paddle Testers into a contaminated items bag or biohazard bag, and add 10 mL of full-strength hypochlorite (bleach). If the container has a lid, do not close it too tightly. Put the container in the microwave at 70 - 80 °C (158 - 176 °F) for 50 seconds. Wait 30 minutes and pour the liquid down the drain and dispose of the container in the trash.