44:12:01:16. Sterilization methods. Equipment requiring sterilization shall be sterilized by using the method of steam pressure sterilization with at least 15 pounds of pressure per square inch at a temperature of 250 degrees Fahrenheit in an autoclave for the length of time as instructed in the manufacturer's operational manual. This shall be certified by a chemical indicator which is attached to the autoclave bag and turns color when the required temperature has been reached. A tattoo establishment owner or operator shall provide lab result slips that state that each autoclave has been bacteriologically tested monthly with commercially prepared packets of Bacillus stearothermophilus or another Bacillus species and has passed the test. These lab result slips shall be available for inspection and kept for at least one year. Dry heat is not an acceptable method of sterilization for the purpose of this article.
Source: 19 SDR 64, effective November 3, 1992; 39 SDR 119, effective January 8, 2013.
General Authority: SDCL 34-1-17(8).
Law Implemented: SDCL 9-34-17, 34-1-17(8).
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