Generic Job Description - Laboratory Assistant

PED Number: 
Laboratory Assistant
Sub Group:
Job Summary: 

Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, verifies, washes, decontaminates and sterilizes various instruments and apparatus. Maintains equipment and ensures cleanliness of work area.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: 
  1. Prepares, washes, scrubs and dries glassware.

  2. Decontaminates or sterilizes glassware and other apparati by autoclaving.

  3. Cleans certain glassware by soaking in detergent concentrate or acid solution, or by placing in an ultrasound machine.

  4. Sorts and arranges glassware by capacity. Verifies quantities. 

  5. Ensures the cleanliness of the washing machines, ovens, autoclaves and ultrasound machines, etc. and the work area. 

  6. Takes inventory and monitors supplies of products necessary to performing duties. 

  7. Uses and maintains appropriate machinery, tools, materials and instruments. 

  8. Receives, sorts and distributes mail in the department when required. 

  9. Completes simple reports. 

  10. Informs immediate supervisor of any defects irregularities; takes measures to rectify the situation. 

  11. The list of duties and responsibilities outlined above is representative and not a complete and detailed list of tasks which may be performed by an employee whose position has been matched to this generic job description.

Education and Experience: 

High School Leaving
No experience required