Needlestick and Sharps


Online Needlestick and Sharps course offering essential learning on the management and procedures to take to ensure the safety of yourself and others.

Duration | 45 minutes

Needlesticks and sharps course

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needlestick and sharps training

Online Needlestick and Sharps training providing the knowledge needed to work safely where needles or sharps could be present.

Each year, across the UK, over 100,000 needlestick injuries occur in the health & social care sector alone.

This online Sharps Awareness course provides essential learning for all who work in that environment and supports those in other settings where needles and sharps could be present.

With an estimated 28% of needlestick injuries deemed avoidable with proper training, this sharps training provides an essential understanding on how to work safely with needles and sharps.

Appropriate training is also a requirement of safety regulations. Everyone in your organisation working where needles and sharps may be present must understand the associated dangers and the procedures to be followed to keep themselves and others safe.

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learning outcomesThe objectives of an online Needlesticks and Sharps course are to educate workers in various settings about the risks associated with needlestick injuries and sharps-related accidents, while providing the knowledge needed to prevent such incidents and respond appropriately when they occur.

Risk Awareness, provides an understanding of the risks associated with needlesticks and sharps injuries, including exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.

Prevention Techniques, learn practical strategies to prevent needlestick injuries and sharps accidents, including proper handling, disposal, and the use of safety devices.

Regulatory Compliance, the course covers relevant regulations to ensure participants understand their legal responsibilities in managing sharps safely.

Safe Practices, it imparts knowledge about safe work practices, emphasising the importance of personal protective equipment, hand hygiene, and engineering controls to minimise exposure risk.

Response and Reporting, provides guidance on immediate response measures when an injury occurs, such as cleaning and disinfection procedures, as well as the importance of reporting incidents for further evaluation.

Ultimately, the online Needlesticks and Sharps course strives to protect healthcare workers and other at-risk individuals from unnecessary harm, reduce infections, and ensure compliance with safety regulations to maintain a safe and healthy work environment.


This Needlestick and Sharps training is aimed at any individual who may work in roles where needles and sharps may be present, however infrequently.

This includes a wide range of Healthcare & Social care employees (including contractor staff), Laboratory workers, Technical staff, those within the Cosmetic and Body Art industry, or others who may use or work in the vicinity of needles. This includes roles such as Laundry staff, Cleaners, Janitors, Housekeepers and others.

NB: For those working with needles where blood spills may occur, we also recommend undertaking the Bloodborne Pathogens training course.




In this first learning unit, we explain what needlesticks and sharps are, how they can lead to injury, and who is at risk.

The potential impact of sharps injuries is explored, including an understanding of the dangers arising from bloodborne viruses and types of infection.


The second learning unit develops an understanding of the legal responsibilities from both an employer and employee perspective. The unit explains general health and safety law before focusing on the legal requirements specific to sharps and within healthcare.


The third learning unit highlights good sharps practice in the workplace. The content explores what employers and staff can do to reduce the likelihood of a needlestick or sharps injury at work, outlining the importance of risk assessment, and then following the hierarchy of controls.


In our final learning unit, 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.

We also detail how to respond in the case of a sharps injury.



At the end of this online Needlestick and Sharps Awareness training there is a 15 question, multiple-choice quiz aimed at reinforcing and testing individual learning.

Where the learner demonstrates their understanding of course content by achieving a minimum score of 80%, a completion certificate is issued by email.

If the score is less than 80%, learners are offered the opportunity to revisit any part of the course and retake the quiz until successful.

The verifiable, CPD-Accredited certificate is then emailed to your account for retention within your training records.

A posted certificate is available for £9.

The certificate is valid for 3 years



  • Verifiable, CPD Accredited certificate emailed on completion
  • Helps compliance to Health & Safety Regulations
  • Engaging motion-graphic content
  • Learn anywhere with an internet connection
  • Carbon net-zero training solution

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The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974  requires those employing staff in healthcare, tattoo, beauty and other industries that use needles to first assess the risks. Appropriate control measures, such as training, must be put in place, and documented.

The Sharp Instruments in Healthcare Regulations 2013 relate specifically to healthcare employers and associated contractors.

Where deemed relevant to a role, employers must provide information and training for staff on a range of specific topics – each of which are all covered in this online needlestick training.

The topics are.

  • What are 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

Workplaces where needlestick risks are present must also comply with the following regulations:

COSHH (2002);

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999) as amended in 2006;and

RIDDOR (2013) regulations if an injury occurs.

We offer short courses on all these regulations to help you understand their implications and the simple precautions to take.


  1. Encourage the wound to bleed, ideally by holding it under running water
  2. 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.
  3. Dry the wound and cover it with a waterproof plaster or dressing
  4. Seek Medical Advice.  (You may need a blood test)


contact Echo3If you have any questions about this online Needlestick and Sharps Awareness training course, please email [email protected].


  1. Managing the risks of sharps injuries, NHS Employers Link
  2. UK Health & Safety Executive – Sharps Injuries Link
  3. HSE ACT 1974 – Link
  4. The Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 – Link