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 online Sharps Awareness E-Learning 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.
The Sharps Awareness online course then covers the primary and secondary risks from sharps. The Sharps Awareness E-Learning course will look at the responsibilities of employers and how they must use risk assessment to ensure workers safety as much as possible.
Then, the Sharps Awareness 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.
The online Sharps Awareness course will 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 procedures.
Finally, the Sharps Awareness online course cover how to report discarded sharps and the correct procedures to follow if you’re unlucky enough to receive a sharps injury.
Sharps Awareness Target Audience
This online Sharps Awareness E-Learning course is aimed at anyone who may come into contact with sharps waste whilst performing their day to day working activities.
Sharps Awareness Advantages
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 to fit the training in around their work and personal life.
Duration of the course
Sharps Awareness Modules
- Sharp Safety, the Basics
- Needlestick Injuries
- The Chain of Infection
- Chances of Infection
- Safe Handling Procedures
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