Needlestick and Sharps


If you work in healthcare or a tattoo parlour this online needle safety training course will teach you how to reduce the risk to yourself and others from needlestick and sharps injuries at work.

DURATION | 30 minutes

Needlestick and Sharps accredited

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Needlestick and Sharps training course |  The National Audit Office report (2003) found that needlestick and sharps injuries account for 17% of accidents to NHS staff.  Infact, in the healthcare sector, needlestick injuries are the second most common cause of injury, behind moving and handling.

Each injury creates stress and risks exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as hepatitis B, C and HIV.

Employers have legal and moral duties to assess risks and ensure appropriate control measures.  For example, online needlestick training like this.

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Reduce infections caused by needles at work by providing the knowledge needed to reduce risks.

UNIT 1 |  Sharps: The Risks

Firstly, we explain what sharps are, how they can cause injury and who is at risk. The potential impact of sharps injuries is explored, including an exploration of bloodborne viruses and types of infection.

UNIT 2 Sharps: The Law

Secondly, we support learners in understanding the legal responsibilities from both an employer and employee perspective. General health and safety law is explained before a focus on the legal requirements specific to sharps and healthcare. This module also outlines how to conduct a sharps risk assessment.

UNIT 3 |  Sharps: Reducing Risk

Thirdly, good sharps practice is presented within the Hierarchy of Controls framework. This sets out what employers and staff can do to reduce the likelihood of a needlestick or sharps injury at work.

UNIT 4 |  Sharps: Safe Disposal

Fourthly, we set out safe practice for the disposal of sharps, both on a day to day basis, and with regards to long term waste management. This will help ensure a safe, secure workplace that is compliant with the law.

UNIT 5 |  Dealing with Injuries

Finally, we detail how to respond in the case of a sharps injury. In addition to explaining first response medical advice , we look at the importance incident reporting and the implications this has on an organisations health and safety systems.

UNIT 6Final Assessment


Nurses, physicians, surgeons, laboratory workers, dental and medical personnel, and students in clinical training are considered high risk categories and as such must receive training.  Contractors to healthcare employers who may dispose of sharps or clean where needles are present must also receive training.

Business such and beauty, tattoo parlours, general cleaning companies may also wish to consider this course for their staff.  Training to raise awareness of how to avoid the common causes of infection is on way to reduce the risk to your staff.


At the end of the Needlestick and Sharps course there is a 15 question, multiple-choice quiz.  If learners demonstrate their understanding of course content by achieving a minimum score of 80%, we’ll email them their completion certificate.  If learners score less than 80%, they can revisit any part of the course and retake the quiz until they are successful. A posted certificate is available for £6.




Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 build on existing requirements and relate specificity to healthcare employers (and contractors).   If relevant to a role, provide information and training for staff on;

  • The risks from injuries involving medical sharps;
  • Detail relevant legal duties;
  • Highlight best practice in preventing injury;
  • Explain the benefits and drawbacks of vaccination; and
  • Provide appropriate support to an injured person

Information may be provided in many forms, including safe operating systems, safety guides, posters, information on internal staff websites.

Those employing staff in tattoo, beauty and other industries that use needles also need to assess the risks.  And ensure effective control measures such as training are in place.


Employees are at risk of bloodborne pathogens.  The most common Bloodborne Pathogens that employees are at risk from are hepatitis B, C and HIV.  The Bloodborne Pathogens course described these viruses in more detail and provides guidance on how to safety clean blood spillages and other potentially infected materials (OPIMs).  This course complements the needle sticks and sharps training for those working in environments where blood spills could occur.

What to do if you injure yourself with a needle? (From NHS’s Common Health Questions Section)

Firstly, Encourage the wound to bleed, ideally by holding it under running water

Secondly, Wash the wound using running water and plenty of soap

Do not scrub the wound while you’re washing it.  Do not suck the wound

Thirdly, Dry the wound and cover it with a waterproof plaster or dressing

Finally, Seek Medical Advice.  (You may need a blood test).


  •  Accelerated Learning – 30 minutes
  •  Helps compliance to Health & Safety Regulations
  •  Instant digital certificate on successful completion
  •  Training record back-up
  •  12 months access to materials.


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