Autoclave Containers

All material set to be autoclaved should be stored and transported in a closed leak proof container. Typically plastic autoclavable bags (red bags) are used as primary containers to contain biohazardous materials during decontamination and can withstand temperatures up to 285°F. These autoclave bags should be loosely closed during decontamination to allow steam to penetrate into the bag. Autoclave bags should also be placed in secondary containers such as polypropylene, polycarbonate,  or stainless steel pans to catch any liquids that may drain out of the bag.