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Job Title:  Technician

Req ID:  15682
Job Category:  Processing Operations
Country:  GB
State:  SRY
City:  Guildford
Zip:  GU2 7XX

At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.


Position Summary

Provides on-site support for the reprocessing of surgical instruments and trays to contracted facilities in compliance with the Department of Health, TJC, OSHA, CDC, AAMI and AORN standards and facilities goals and policies. Position level will be determined by previous job related experience, performance and certification requirements. 


  • Operates all mechanical machinery; cart washers, instrument washers, steam sterilizers, low temp sterilizers, ultrasonic and drying cabinets, within sterile processing. 
  • Uses established policies and procedures to complete work assignments 
  • Learns and trains in all areas of sterile processing including decontamination, cleaning, assembly, wrapping, sterilization, and storage processes within all set professional standards and regulations. 
  • Able to perform assembly on basic instrument trays. 
  • Refers all decisions beyond personal scope of responsibilities to IMS leadership. 
  • Reports broken instrumentation. 
  • Supports and adheres to IMS policies and procedures. 
  • Participates in in-services and educational offerings provided by IMS in the facility.

Duties - cont'd

Education Degree

  • High School Diploma or GED

Required Experience

  •  0-1 years SPD experience

Computer Skills                    

  • Basic computer skills and aptitude. 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations  

  • Ability to obtain certification in sterile processing/central sterile via CBSPD or IAHCSMM within 12 months of hire strongly preferred. 

Other Skills and Abilities                    

  • Medical instrument knowledge.  Knowledge of sterilization and processing equipment.   

Other Qualifications                    

  • Ability to work daily in a fast-paced, high pressure Healthcare Service environment. 

Physical Demands  

  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to sit, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk, see and hear.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, push and/or pull up to 300 pounds on a cart or carriage.




Job Description – Sterile Services Technician


Job Title:               Sterile Services Technician

Reports To:           Supervisor/Team Leader

Accountable To:   Production Manager

Base:                     STERIS  Hospital Sterilization Services Units


Hours:                    37.5


Organisation Structure


Team Leader


Organization Chart



JOB PURPOSE                

  • To provide a high quality service for the cleaning inspection, assembly and packing of sterile equipment for hospital and community settings.
  • To take a flexible approach to work within the sterile services department.




Internal to Steris:

Team Leader


Production Manager


Employees of the company







  1. To ensure the effective preparation of sterile consumables (dressings, linen, instruments and equipment) by the process of cleaning, inspection assembly and packing within predefined quality standards.
  2. To rigorously check, wash, lay-up and pack sets of theatre instruments to meet contract specifications within predefined quality standards.
  3. To safely operate and monitor machines and equipment (driers, washers, sterilisers) effectively.
  4. To ensure that repairs and missing instruments or equipment are recorded and logged on the Tracking and Traceability computer system.
  5. To ensure that repaired instruments or equipment are returned to stock or the appropriate coded sets.
  6. The post requires manual dexterity and the ability to use complex equipment for example, this role involves disassembly, inspection, decontamination, packaging and sterilisation of surgical instrumentation to predetermined standards.  The decontamination and sterilisation processes are carried out using complex processing units.
  7. To undertake daily testing of Autoclaves and washers/disinfectors and related equipment.
  8. Participate in daily housekeeping and equipment preparation checks in accordance with Trust and National Standards.
  9. To organise own daily work within allocated areas, working unsupervised in the absence of a supervisor/team leader.
  10. The ability to recognise all surgical instruments and identify trays used within the trust.
  11. Assembling instruments and checking for safety and correct function in accordance with departmental procedures, specifications and best practice.
  12. To monitor and operate within required health and safety guidelines.
  13. To participate in staff development and training initiatives.
  14. To actively participate in the Synergy Health Performance Management System.
  15. To undertake any other duties or tasks as reasonably required.


The jobholder will comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and other supplementary legislation and is required to take reasonable care to avoid injury during the course of work and co-operate with the Trust’s and Company’s Health and Safety policy and statutory regulations. 

To use in a proper safe manner the equipment and facilities provided.

To refrain from wilful misuse of, or interference with, anything provided in the interest of health and safety and any action, which might endanger yourself and others.

To report as soon as practical accidents, hazards and untoward incidents and to ensure that accident forms are completed.



The jobholder must co-operate with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment.  Co-workers, customers and visitors must be treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.




The jobholder must take responsibility in agreement with his/her line manager for his/her own personal development by ensuring that Continuous Professional Development remains a priority.  The jobholder will undertake all mandatory training required for the role.




The jobholder should respect patient confidentiality at all times and not divulge patient information unless sanctioned by the requirements of the role.




Physical Effort

  • To adhere to the Company Manual Handling policy and procedure in executing the safe transfer of instrumentation and sundry items around the Trust.  This will require moving heavy weights manually and using trolleys on a regular basis.


Mental Effort                                                             

  • To be able to maintain concentration where the work pattern is predictable for example, maintaining high standards of accuracy when checking the contents of instrument sets.


Emotional Effort

  • Exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances is rare.


Working Conditions

  • The post entails frequent exposure to highly unpleasant working conditions in that direct exposure to body fluids is implicit in the Sterile Services Technician role.  Similarly implicit is the handling of chemical cleansing agents (irritant) with the protective equipment supplied and the risk of spillage that these procedures incur.



Personnel Specification


Job Title     Sterile Services Technician


Employer    STERIS   (Synergy Health (UK) Limited, Hospital Sterilization Services Division)


Location     Hospital Sterilization Services Units



Essential Criteria



Educated to a good general standard with demonstrable verbal and numerical abilities.



Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development and training.


TVQ or NVQ Level 2 in Decontamination or equivalent experience.

H&S Awareness

Manual Handling


Previous experience in Sterile Services and/or health related products.


Knowledge & Skills

Ability to carry out instructions accurately.


Ability to follow procedures.


Ability to learn and understand the instruments and trays.


Basic end user IT skills in order to operate track and traceability (SynergyTrak) IT system.


Personal Qualities

Ability to:


Work in a team environment.


Adopt a flexible approach to work.


Work in partnership.


Work under pressure to deadlines.


Pay attention to detail being able to identify missing and defective instruments from trays.


Produce high standards/quality work.


Other Requirements

Must be willing to work flexible hours if the need arises.


Able to fulfil Occupational Health requirements for the post including clearance of blood borne viruses in compliance with Company/customer policy.




STERIS strives to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

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