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Sharps Awareness Training Online Course

Course Price : £25+vat

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As well as covering the basics, this course defines "sharps" and looks at needlestick injuries, the chain of infection and the chances of infection. It also covers equipment, sharps awareness and safe handling procedures.

Course Description

CPD Approved

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 the Sharps Awareness Training Online course, we’ll start by looking at some statistics relating to discarded needles, then we will 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.

The course 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 sharps training course will take a detailed look at Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, and Tetanus.

There’ll also 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 with needlestick prevention training, 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 suffer from a sharps injury.

Target Audience

This online course is aimed at anyone who may come into contact with sharps waste while 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 industries.


Knowledge of the dangers associated with sharps, safe handling techniques, and the use of appropriate PPE will help you to protect yourself from the potential 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 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 Lone Worker Online Course: an Introduction to Personal Safety.

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


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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