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Decontamination is not just one process but a combination of processes including cleaning, sterilisation or disinfection and storage used to render a reusable item safe. Disinfection, reduces the microbial load to level, which makes the disinfected object safe to handle Sterilisation is the killing and removal of all microorganisms including bacterial spores.
It is a requirement of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 that everyone who operates, supervises or manages work equipment must be trained adequately and that It is the responsibility of the User the dentist , hygienist, or therapist that the equipment they intend to use for a dental procedure is "fit for the purpose it is intended".
Keeping equipment clean and ready is an important part of its maintenance and there are a few thing you can do:
A typical dirty zone contains :
Finally it is vital that you ensure that all equipment is mantained and tested where possible to ensure that they are working correctly.