Dentists meet HTM 01-05 requirements with Colour-Coded Labels

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A new system of colour-coded labelling from Positive I.D. Labelling is designed to help dental practices meet the requirement of Health Technical Memorandum [HTM] 01-05.

Our labelling system provides a simple but effective way to ensure that sterilised instruments are correctly rotated and that no item remains on the shelf beyond the use-by date

One such practice, the Old Malt House Dental Surgery in Dorset, has designed its own system, and approached Positive I.D. Labelling Systems for assistance in developing and implementing its solution to the problem. Practice Manager Tracey Fowles explains:

“As all dental practices will know, meeting the essential standards of the HTM 01-05, and working towards 'best practice,' will mean many changes, therefore ensuring cost effective solutions are used at each stage of the compliance process is paramount. To meet the requirement of sterilising, wrapping, labelling and using instruments within a 21 day period, we have introduced a clear, colour coded labelling system that ensures all members of our dental team can easily recognise when instruments were sterilized and when they need to be sterilised again. These labels are colour coded by week, in a four-week rotation system, and are applied to wrapped, sterilised instruments by using a simple label gun. We discovered PiD Labelling through a Google search and we have been very pleased with the simple, cost effective solution they have offered us.”

The new labels help to manage use-by dates on sterilised dental instruments by stating the date that instruments were sterilised and the date that they need to be used by. They are also colour-coded into a four weekly cycle. For example, instruments that were sterilised in week one may have a blue label, instruments that were sterilised in week two may have a yellow label, and so on. This enables dental team to see, at a glance, which instruments are approaching their “use by” dates, so they can rotate them accordingly.

John Mayers, Managing Director of Positive I.D. Labelling says: “Many dental practices are already taking steps to ensure they comply with the new legislation. Our labeling system provides a simple but effective way to ensure that sterilised instruments are correctly rotated and that no item remains on the shelf beyond the allotted 21-day time.”

The labels are attached to sealed packaging, once items have been sterilised, using a state-of-the-art labelling gun, which prints and sticks labels in one smooth movement. The labels can be personalised to each individual practice and come in a range of sizes and formats.

The labelling gun and 22,000 of each of the four-colour labels are available to dental practices for a special offer price of £249 plus VAT.

To order, call Mark Hurst at PiD Labelling on 01332 864 895, email us or visit

Positive I.D. Labelling, which developed the labelling system, also supplies autoclave labels to hospitals. These labels feature ink which changes colour once the sterilisation temperature reaches 100°C, and can therefore be affixed before the sterilisation process.

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