A long counter in Central Sterilization is much better than a short one when it comes to preventing cross contamination. This is why many Cities are beginning to request longer counters and increased space for Central Sterilization when submitting building permits to build a new office.
As a simple rule of thumb and NOT current regulations, the total length to offer flow from the “dirty” side to the “clean” side is 12 to 15 feet. This can be a single counter, L shaped, U shaped or two separated sections of the same length.
The bottom line is preventing cross contamination which makes the length of a counter only one part of the total equation. If the counter is kept cluttered and unorganized, if staff isn’t properly trained, if staff is out of control, the counter can be 15 miles long and it still won’t matter.