Needlestick and Sharps


Created for everyone working where needles or sharps could be present.  Learners are educated about the risks and how to work in a way that keeps yourself and your colleagues safe.  Certificate emailed on completion.

DURATION | 30 minutes

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Needlesticks and sharps course



This Needlestick and Sharps course beneficial because over 100,000 needlestick injuries occur every year in the UK health and social care sector.  An estimate 28% that could be avoided with proper measures1

In addition a key step required by the Health & Safety executive 2 is to provide staff with sufficient information and training.   Without training and other precautions, needlestick injuries are more likely to in all workplace settings where needles could be present.  For example, tattoo parlours, laboratories and social work.   Each injury creates stress for the victim by risking exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as hepatitis B, C and HIV.

If needles are present in your workplace this online needlestick training course provides the knowledge your staff need to work safely and helps your organising comply with legislation. 

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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


Reduce the chance of injury and infections caused by needles and sharp objects at work by providing the knowledge needed to work safely.


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.

All staff should also consider the 45 minute BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS course.  Mangers should consider the COSHH and RISK ASSESSMENT courses.


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.

The certificate is valid for 3 years




The Health & Safety at Work ACT 1974 3 requires 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.  Any workplace training should also be documented ideally with an accredited certificate.

Sharp Instruments in Healthcare Regulations 2013 (4) relate specificity to healthcare employers (and contractors).   If relevant to a role, employers must provide information and training for staff on specific topics 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 needlesticks are present must also comply with COSHH (2002), Managing Health and Safety (1999) and RIDDOR regulations if an injury occurs.  We offer short courses on all these regulations to help you understand the simple precautions to take.


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Following a sharps injury in addition to the discomfort employees are at (a small) risk of bloodborne pathogens and need to understand this.  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?

  1. Firstly, Encourage the wound to bleed, ideally by holding it under running water
  2. Secondly, Wash the wound using running water and plenty of soap
  3. Do not scrub the wound while you’re washing it.  Do not suck the wound
  4. Thirdly, Dry the wound and cover it with a waterproof plaster or dressing
  5. Finally, Seek Medical Advice.  (You may need a blood test)

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  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