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Needles & Sharps Training, HST009

This Needles and Sharps training course teaches those working with needles and sharps how to use and dispose of them safely to reduce the likelihood of an injury. It outlines the risks associated with sharps use, as well as what practices should be avoided and the actions that should be taken in the event of an accident.

This course outlines the best practice guidelines for the safe use and disposal of sharps equipment and details key sharps-related legislation to ensure both employers and employees are aware of their legal responsibilities regarding the safe use of sharps.

Over 300,000 sharps and needlestick-related injuries occur every year in hospitals alone. Therefore, it's vital everyone handling sharps can do so safely.

  • - Developed by healthcare professionals
  • - Accredited by CPD and Approved by RoSPA
  • - Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • - Full audio voiceover
  • - Approximate duration: 2 hours
  • - On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Who Should Take This Course?

This Needles and Sharps training course is suitable for anyone working in the healthcare industry in both the private and public sectors. This includes those working in the medical sector and in health and social care, such as nurses, doctors and surgeons.

It is aimed at the use, disposal and management of sharps and needlesticks within the medical sector. This course outlines the legal responsibilities of managers, employers and employees, as well as what actions should be taken to comply with their legal requirements.

However, the course may also be of interest to others handling sharps, including tattooists, veterinary staff, prison officers, etc.

Course Content

1What are Sharps?What are sharps, what is a sharps injury, who is at risk of a sharps injury, when do most sharps injuries occur, what are the main risks associated with sharps injuries, what biological agents could employees be exposed to, what risks could these pose to an individual, and facts about needlestick injuries.
2Sharps and the LawHealth and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013, employer and employee responsibilities, what does 'reasonably practicable' mean, other key sharps-related legislation, protecting workers and risk assessments.
3Safe Use of Needles and SharpsWhen do most sharps injuries occur, best practices for sharps use, hand hygiene, hand hygiene and PPE, practices that increase accidents, don'ts of sharps use, reporting a sharps injury and safer sharps.
4Safe Disposal of SharpsWaste stream segregation, regulatory bodies, implementing waste segregation systems, sharps boxes, recapping a needle, disposing of sharps and disposing of a sharps box.

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