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Class Code: 313F
Category: Health Care


In a central supply unit or materials management stockroom, cleans, sterilizes, and assembles equipment, supplies and instruments.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, receives, decontaminates, assembles, sterilizes and stores instruments, operation room basin sets, utensils, equipment and supplies according to prescribed procedures and techniques in a hospital central services unit and/or materials management stockroom.  Performs inventory control functions through both manual and computerized programs for patient billing purposes.  Tests and operates complex sterilizing equipment.  Prepares chemical disinfectant solutions.  Troubleshoots sterilizing equipment failures.

Typical Work

Verifies correct sterilization cycles by checking and signing graphs and printouts; 

Loads autoclave carts and process products, including surgical instrument sets and respiratory equipment, through terminal sterilization using either steam or toxic gas as appropriate; 

Performs, analyzes, and documents sterilizer function tests using vacuum, chemical, and biological indicators; takes appropriate action for abnormal results; 

Performs basic calculations related to verifying sterilizer functions and inventory control: 

Inspects, tests, assembles, packages, labels and dates instruments, basins and procedure trays; labels and sterilizes linen packs and selected disposables; tags items for repair; 

Inventories and assembles special emergency kits such as Code 199 and disaster carts; 

Inventories shelf level of processed items; rotates trays and products to accommodate inventory movement before shelf-life expiration dates; removes outdated trays and products from shelves;

Assembles and sets up equipment such as I.V. pumps, vacuum regulators (wall suction), chest pumps, hyper/hypothermia units; tests and makes minor repairs and adjustments to equipment; 

Prepares disinfectant solutions from toxic substances and chemicals; disinfects patient care equipment such as isolettes, infusion pumps, blood pressure cuffs and pacemakers; 

Sorts, soaks, and hand-cleans basins and instruments; disassemble as needed; loads into baskets and processes through automatic washer/sterilizers; 

Restocks supply lockers; 

Enters inventory data using a computer terminal or manual method; 

Stores sterile and/or clean products; 

Transports soiled instruments, basins, and equipment from all patient care areas to the Central Service decontamination area; 

Operates semi-automatic cart washer to clean case carts, utility carts, patient chairs, etc.; 

Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  standard hospital equipment; sterilization and decontamination practices and procedures. 

Ability to:  perform meticulous and accurate work; maintain sterile environment; learn prescribed methods for establishing sterile conditions.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position. 

Desirable Qualifications

Completion of a recognized Central Supply Technician course


High school graduation or equivalent AND one year of technical experience involving preparation and sterilization of surgical trays, medical supplies, equipment and instruments in a hospital or institution central medical supply unit.


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class, consolidates 6045 Hospital Central Services Technician I, 77010 Central Supply Technician, effective July 1, 2007.