This online training course explores the hazards and health risks associated with sharps, and looks at their safe handling and disposal. It also explores the legal requirements and risk controls required to minimise sharp injuries.
A sharp is anything can prick, cut or puncture the skin. This includes tools common in medical professions such as needles, blades, or scalpels, as well as knives, razors and nails.
Sharp injuries put those affected at risk of severe infection and illness. This online course supports employers in meeting their legal duty to provide sufficient training to anyone that may be exposed to this hazard.
Sharp injuries are a well-known risk within the healthcare sector, a sharp contaminated with infected blood from a patient can transmit more than 20 severe diseases.
Some 16 billion injections are administrated in and out of hospitals around the globe annually. A large number of these needles aren’t disposed correctly which can cause harm to employees and other patients. Approximately 1.43 cases of Hepatitis C or HIV are transmitted to healthcare workers per year, according to National surveillance data.
This means safe handling and disposal of sharp products is mandatory to minimise injury. It will also reduce the spread of severe disease, and it is a legal requirement.
The Health and Safety Sharps Regulations 2013 covers the prevention of sharps injuries in the healthcare sector. The legislation sets out many requirements that are already mentioned in health and safety law with an increased focus of sharp injury prevention.
In addition, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), requires employers to identify any exposure to substances hazardous to health, assess the risks and put measures in place to prevent or reduce and control the exposure.
Many businesses use substances, or a mix of substances that can cause harm to employees, employers and anyone who comes into contact with it. COSHH regulation ensures employers have the legal responsibility.
This training course explores the risks of sharp injuries, as well as sharp risk controls. The course outlines risk controls that must be in place anytime sharps are handled, and the actions that should be adopted in an event of an accident.
This is a fully online course that requires trainees to have a basic knowledge, but there is no certification needed to enrol. The course does require an electrical driver and a WiFi connection.
Trainees undertaking this course will explore the following aspects of sharps safety in this training course:
- What are Sharps Injuries?
- Who’s at Risk?
- The Risks of Contracting An Infection
- Duty of Employers
- Duty of Employees
- COSHH & Risk Assessment
- Sharps Disposal Equipment
- Cleaning Products
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- How to Deal with Sharps You Discover
- Hand Washing
- Disposal of Waste that Might Contain Sharps
- Reporting Sharps Finds
- First Aid For Sharps Injuries
This training course is designed for anyone who may come into contact with a sharp. This includes:
- Doctors, nurses or medical support staff
- Janitors and other waste handlers
- Laundry workers
- Maintenance staff
The trainees will learn the following aspects of sharps safety by the end of this course:
- Sharps injuries and their associated health risks
- Responsibility of employers and employees to minimise sharps injuries in the workplace
- Correct procedures for disposal of sharps to reduce the risk of sharps
- Effective reporting of sharps finds to manage the sharps risks appropriately
- First aid steps in case of sharp injury
This online course about sharps awareness provides the following benefits to employers and employees
Human Focus online training for minimising sharp injuries offers the following benefits:
- Fully online
- Course access available anytime for 12 months.
- Clear voiceover
- Effective, self-paced learning
Format: 100% online
Course duration: 37+ minutes
Content: 14 sections with mini-quizzes
This sharp health and safety awareness training will finish with an assessment test which is pass or fail. Trainees must score at least 80% to pass the test and they’re given two attempts to achieve a passing score.
On passing the end-of-course assessment, trainees will be awarded an internationally recognised ROSPA-approved certificates. These certificates are sent in PDF via registered emails and are printable.
After passing the knowledge test, trainees will earn a certificate showing completion of this RoSPA-approved course.
Sharps are anything that can cut, prick or cause similar types of injury. These include tools used in the health care industry, such as:
- Infusion sets
Non-clinical sharps include:
The following three regulations are applied to sharps:
- The Health and Safety Sharp Instruments in Healthcare Regulations 2013
This regulation aims to protect healthcare workers from bloodborne viruses.
- Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
This regulation aims to protect workers from any risk of injuries and accidents at workplaces including protection from sharp injuries.
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, 2002
This regulation aims to assess risk workers are exposed to by hazardous substances and aims to prevent them. Sharps are considered hazardous so this regulation applies to Sharps safe handling.
Sharp injuries need to be reported to the HSE under Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) if:
- The employee gets injured by a sharp which is known to be contaminated with a blood-borne virus (BBV) such as HIV or hepatitis B or C
- The employee received a sharp injury and contracted a BBV
However, if the sharp was not contaminated or the source of the injury cannot be traced, then it does not need to be reported to the HSE. If the worker does develop a disease which is traced back to a sharp then it must be reported.
The most common infections from sharp injuries are:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)