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Sharps Awareness

There is a common misconception that sharps injuries are only of concern to medical and care staff. However, it is not uncommon for people in other industries such as waste disposal to come into contact with used sharps.

In this course, we’ll start by looking at some statistics relating to discarded needles, then define ‘sharps’ and look at the different types that can be found in ‘sharps litter’, ranging from needles, syringes, and scalpel blades to broken glass, knives, scissors, and nails.

It then covers the primary and secondary risks from sharps. It’ll look at the responsibilities of employers and how they must use risk assessment to ensure workers’ safety, as much as possible.

Then, the course will take a detailed look at Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, and Tetanus

There’ll be a section on the Chain of Infection, helping you to understand how an infection gets passed on, and what steps can be taken to break the chain and stop the process.

It’ll look at the probability of picking up an infection from a needle stick injury, and the factors that can affect this.

It’s important to always handle discarded sharps safely so the course will take you through the equipment you need, including litter pickers, forceps, disinfectant sprays, and gloves, along with the correct techniques you should employ to avoid injury. This subject will be further expanded on by detailing the correct sharps handling procedures, including how to dispose of discarded sharps safely, how to remove disposable gloves to minimise cross-contamination, and correct handwashing procedures.

Finally, it’ll cover how to report discarded sharps and the correct procedures to follow if you’re unlucky enough to receive a sharps injury.


  • Accredited by CPD, IIRSM & IOSH
  • Developed by industry experts
  • User-friendly & easy to understand
  • Interactive training with no time limit
  • Multiple-choice questions at end of each module
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Downloadable certificate upon successful completion

Target Audience

This course is aimed at anyone who may come into contact with sharps waste whilst performing their day-to-day working activities. This ranges from people working in healthcare to those in waste disposal with a wide range of other


Advantages

Knowledge of the dangers associated with sharps, safe handling techniques, and the use of appropriate PPE will help you to protect yourself from the dangers.

CPD approval means that this course can be used by those that need to prove they are continually developing themselves.

Online training is flexible, efficient, and cost-effective meaning the candidate can progress through the modules at their own pace and in their own time, so they can fit the training in around their work and personal life.


Further Progression

There are a lot of courses in our health and safety and health and social care suites that would make great follow-ups to this course and if you are in the adult social care sector then they would all provide valuable additions to your knowledge. Specific topics that complement this directly are Diabetes Awareness and Introduction to Personal Safety for Lone Workers.


Course Module Number Module Name Pass % Required
Sharps Awareness 1 Sharp Safety, the Basics 70
Sharps Awareness 2 Needlestick Injuries 70
Sharps Awareness 3 The Chain of Infection 70
Sharps Awareness 4 Chances of Infection 70
Sharps Awareness 5 Equipment 70
Sharps Awareness 6 Safe Handling Procedures 70

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