Sharps Awareness


In this course you’ll learn about the prevalence and different types of ‘sharps litter’ that can be found in the UK. It then covers the primary and secondary risks from sharps including some of the common blood borne viruses. It also covers the responsibilities of employers, the equipment needed and the effectiveness of PPE. 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.


CPD & IIRSM Approved

Course Description

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 needlestick 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 hand washing

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.

Course Contents

  • Sharp Safety, the Basics
  • Needlestick Injuries
  • The Chain of Infection
  • Chances of Infection
  • Equipment
  • Safe Handling Procedures

Learning Objectives
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Recognise the safety implications of using Sharps, whether clinical or non-clinical.
• State the associated injuries and infections associated with usage of sharps. Understand
employer risk assessments regarding sharps and what to do if you are injured.
• Define the chain of infection from a sharps injury.
• Identify susceptible employees and the chance of injury resulting in infection/
• Demonstrate the effective use of equipment used for the safe handling and disposal of

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 includes people working in healthcare, waste disposal and a
wide range of other industries.

Knowledge of the dangers associated with sharps, safe handling techniques and 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 compliment this directly are
Diabetes Awareness and Introduction to Personal Safety for Lone Workers.

Recommended System Requirements
• Browser: Up to date web browser
• Video: Up to date video drivers
• Memory: 1Gb+ RAM
• Download Speed: Broadband (3Mb+)

Duration: 55 minutes (Note: This is based on the amount of video content shown and is rounded off.
It does not account in any way for loading time or thinking time on the questions)


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