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Design and handling of surgical instrument transport cases

The surgical instrument transport case is used to transport surgical instrument trays and medical supplies between the supplier, courier and hospital's central sterilising supply department (CSSD). Inspections within industry have found that transporting and handling of road cases, tubs and surgical instrument trays present manual handling risks across the health sector.

This guide provides practical guidance for designers, manufacturers, suppliers, couriers and users of the surgical instrument transport cases, with particular emphasis on safe design. Handling of this equipment is addressed through workplace design and safe work practices, involving the designer through to the end-user in the hospital. The guide also addresses the obligations of duty holders who are associated with the handling of these cases and their contents, in particular, suppliers, couriers and hospital personnel.

Safe handling of cytotoxic drugs

In recognition of the potential occupational health and safety risks from working with hazardous drugs, including cytotoxic drugs, monoclonal antibodies (MABs) and BCG, a policy has been developed to describe SA Health's position on the safe handling of hazardous drugs and related waste.


Safe handling of hazardous drugs
Link to SA Health website



SafeWork SA Catalogue

Further resources can be accessed from SafeWork SA's Library catalogue