Q: Can I boil my tools and implements to disinfect them?
A: No. Boiling tools is not an acceptable method for disinfection.
Requirements and Standards
(1) All tools and implements that come in direct contact with a client, shall be disinfected or disposed of after use.
(2) Only disinfecting agents that meet the criteria set forth in OAR 817-010-0005(34) and (39) are approved for use (see below).
(5) When used according to the manufacturer's instructions, each of the following is an approved method of disinfecting tools and implements:
(a) Complete immersion in the disinfecting solution of the object(s) or portion(s) thereof to be disinfected;
(b) Steam sterilizer, registered and listed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; or
(c) Dry heat sterilizer or autoclave, registered and listed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
(6) All disinfecting agents shall be kept at adequate strengths to maintain effectiveness, be free of foreign material and be available for immediate use at all times the facility is open for business.
Disinfecting Non-Electrical Tools and Implements
All tools and implements used within a field of practice shall be disinfected before use on each client. The method for disinfecting non-electrical tools and implements will be as outlined below.
(1) To disinfect all non-electrical tools and implements first:
(a) Remove all hair and/or foreign material;
(b) Clean thoroughly with soap or detergent and water;
(c) Rinse thoroughly with clear, clean water; and
(d) Complete process as outlined in section (2) or (3) of this rule; or
(e) Sterilize, using one of the approved methods listed in OAR 817-010-0065(5)(b) or (c).
(2) For all tools and implements without sharp edges or points, including but not limited to combs, brushes, rollers, rods, etc., totally immerse according to manufacturer's instructions in a solution containing l,000 parts per million (ppm) of a commercial quaternary ammonium compound or other low-level disinfectant used according to the manufacturer's instructions.
(3) For all tools and implements with sharp edges or points totally, immerse in a high-level disinfectant used according to the manufacturer's instructions.
(34) "High-level disinfectant" means a chemical agent, which has demonstrated tuberculocidal activity and is registered with the EPA.
(39) "Low-level disinfectant" means a chemical agent which has demonstrated bactericidal, germicidal, fungicidal, and limited virucidal activity and is registered with EPA.