Sharps awareness training online

Working Safely training course & Sharps awareness training online

Do you need to complete an online course in sharps awareness training?

There is a common misconception that sharps injuries are only of concern to medical and care staff.

However it is not uncommon for people in other industries such as waste disposal to come into contact with used sharps.

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Is this the right course for you?

This course is aimed at anyone who may come into contact with sharps waste whilst performing their day to day working activities. This ranges from people working in healthcare to those in waste disposal with a wide range of other occupations too.

Knowledge of the dangers associated with sharps, safe handling techniques and use of appropriate PPE will help you to protect yourself from the dangers.

Our training course is just one of a selection of training courses aimed at the health and social care sector.

Sharps awareness training online: what is covered?

In this course we’ll start by looking at some statistics relating to discarded needles, then define ‘sharps’ and look at the different types that can be found in ‘sharps litter’, ranging from needles, syringes and scalpel blades to broken glass, knives, scissors and nails.

It then covers the primary and secondary risks from sharps. It’ll look at the responsibilities of employers and how they must use risk assessment to ensure workers safety, as much as possible.

Then, the course will take a detailed look at Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and Tetanus There’ll be a section on the Chain of Infection, helping you to understand how an infection gets passed on, and what steps can be taken to break the chain and stop the process.

It’ll look at the probability of picking up an infection from a needlestick injury, and the factors that can affect this.

It’s important to always handle discarded sharps safely so the course will take you through the equipment you need, including litter pickers, forceps, disinfectant sprays and gloves, along with the correct techniques you should employ to avoid injury.

This subject will be further expanded on by detailing the correct sharps handling procedures, including how to dispose of discarded sharps
safely, how to remove disposable gloves to minimise cross-contamination, and correct hand washing procedures.

Finally, it’ll cover how to report discarded sharps and the correct procedures to follow if you’re unlucky enough to receive a sharps injury.

Modules included on the course

Module 1        Sharp Safety, the Basics

Module 2        Needlestick Injuries

Module 3        The Chain of Infection

Module 4        Chances of Infection

Module 5        Equipment

Module 6        Safe Handling Procedures

How long will it take to complete this course and how will I be assessed?

This 100% online sharps awareness training can be completed anywhere, whether it be home or you place of work.

All you need is an internet-enabled device (computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone) and an internet connection.

Most students complete this course in just 55 minutes.

At the end of each of the six modules, students will face a multiple choice test.

You must score at least 70% in all four multiple choice tests in order to pass the course and receive your certificate of achievement.

Which bodies recognise this course?

The Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Certification Service approves this course, giving you reassurance and peace of mind that the quality and standards of the material you will be taught is first class.

Course: Sharps awareness online training

Accreditations and approvals: CPD
Course time: 55 minutes
Assessment method: Multiple choice test

Pass mark: 70% in each module

Cost: £25 + VAT

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