Our Steam Sterilisation Temperature Labels (SSLs) are self-adhesive chemical process indicators designed to confirm whether steam exposure conditions have been achieved. They are designed to be used on individual items (e.g. medical and dental instruments, containers etc.) to indicate that the item has been directly exposed to steam conditions.
Exposing objects to saturated steam at temperatures between 121°C and 134°C is proven to be an effective and simple decontamination method, killing all micro-organisms and spores. The critical process variables are time, temperature
and steam and these Steam Sterilisation Temperature Labels (SSLs) can be used as part of a qualitative process to ensure that the load has been exposed to a steam sterilisation cycle allowing Processed and Unprocessed items to be clearly identified.
Steam sterilisation denatures and kills microorganisms by destroying their structure and ability to replicate.
The advantage of wet heat (steam) is a better heat transfer to and into the microorganism cell, thereby requiring a shorter exposure time and a lower temperature to sterilise.
Steam sterilisation temperature labels indicate the temperature that has been achieved during this process, and the temperature indicator dot on the label will turn black. The label can be retained as proof that sterilisation requirements are being properly met.
NB. Our Applicator gun can be purchased separately, and can also be set to print Operator initials and date.