Needlestick and Sharps
Online Needlesticks and Sharps training course designed for everyone working with or near, needles and sharps.
Every year, across the UK, over 100,000 needlestick injuries occur in just the health & social care sector.
Learn anywhere with an internet connection. Verifiable, CPD-Accredited certificate emailed on completion.
DURATION | 45 minutes
NEEDLESTICK AND SHARPS
This online Needlestick and Sharps course provides an understanding of how to work safely with sharps.
Around 28% of needlestick injuries could be avoided with proper training.
Appropriate training is also a requirement of safety regulations.
This accredited Needlestick and Sharps training course provides the knowledge needed to work safely and meet regulations.
- Help employers comply with the training requirements of sharps regulations
- Reduce sharps incidents by providing employees with the knowledge to keep themselves and others safe
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?
Common jobs roles that benefit from this online Sharps training course are;
- Healthcare & Social care employees
- Laboratory workers,
- Contractors to healthcare employers who may dispose of sharps
- Cleaning staff
- Beauty therapists
- Tattoo artists
UNIT 1 | KNOW THE RISKS FROM NEEDLESTICKS
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| KNOW 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.
UNIT 3 | GENERAL BEST PRACTICE
Thirdly, good sharps practice is presented for your workplace. This sets out what employers and staff can do to reduce the likelihood of a needlestick or sharps injury at work. Beginning with a risk assessment and then following the hierarchy of controls.
UNIT 4 | SHARPS DISPLOSAL
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.
We also detail how to respond in the case of a sharps injury.
UNIT 5 | QUIZ
At the end of the online 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
- 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
NEEDLESTICKS AND SHARPS FAQs
What are the Needle and Sharps regulations?
The Health & Safety at Work ACT 1974 3 requires those employing staff in healthcare, tattoo, beauty and other industries that use needles to first assess the risks.
Then appropriate control measures, such as training, must be put in place. Control measures should also be documented.
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.
What is Bloodborne Pathogen training?
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?
- Encourage the wound to bleed, ideally by holding it under running water
- 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.
- Dry the wound and cover it with a waterproof plaster or dressing
- Seek Medical Advice. (You may need a blood test)
If you have any questions about this online Needlestick training course please email [email protected] or call us on 0131 6618253