Needles and Sharps Awareness


In the UK, there are approximately 100,000 needlestick injuries reported every year.

Suffering from an accidental sharps injury could have significant consequences, including leaving you susceptible to contracting various blood-borne viruses, many of which are incurable.

Therefore, it’s important that you understand how to handle and dispose of needles and sharps in accordance with best practice guidelines and in a manner that allows you to conform to your legal duties.

This course will ensure that all staff working with or around sharps are aware of the risks associated with sharps injuries, how to use and dispose of sharps safely, practices that must be avoided and what to do in the event of a sharps-related accident.

Course Content

Course Content

1 What are Sharps? What are sharps, what is a sharps injury, who is at risk of a sharps injury, when do most sharps injuries occur, what are the main risks associated with sharps injuries, what biological agents could employees be exposed to, what risks could these pose to an individual, and facts about needlestick injuries.
2 Sharps and the Law Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013, employer and employee responsibilities, what does ‘reasonably practicable’ mean, other key sharps-related legislation, protecting workers and risk assessments.
3 Safe Use of Needles and Sharps When do most sharps injuries occur, best practices for sharps use, hand hygiene, hand hygiene and PPE, practices that increase accidents, don’ts of sharps use, reporting a sharps injury and safer sharps.
4 Safe Disposal of Sharps Waste stream segregation, regulatory bodies, implementing waste segregation systems, sharps boxes, recapping a needle, disposing of sharps and disposing of a sharps box.
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This course is certified by the CPD