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Time instruments need to be in ultrasonic shaker

Where do I go to find osha regulations, resulting in ultrasonic time for the instruments?



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This is more of a CDC guideline than an OSHA guideline. The CDC guidelines can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/rr/rr5217.pdf, with ultrasonic shakers being mentioned on page 21. However, there is no mention of the time needed. Time needed is based on the product you are using’s instructions. Noel Kelsch, an infection control guru, says, “See the manufacturer’s directions for the time needed, but be aware that this may change due to the variables. Variables can include type of solution, temperatures, length of time that allows drying of soil and debris, amount of soil, etc. Very dirty instruments that have sat out for a long period of time can increase the time needed. Most units will remove debris on the average item within three to five minutes.”
(http://www.rdhmag.com/articles/print/volume-33/issue-7/columns/ultrasonic-baths.html)
Simply put, the product manufacturer sets the guideline. I hope this helps!

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