This course is for you if you are working in an industry where you could be exposed to sharps.

A “sharp” is anything that can puncture, cut or lacerate the skin. For example, a hypodermic needle, a utility knife or broken glass. All sharps have the potential to cause injury through cuts or puncture wounds. In addition, many sharps can be contaminated with blood or bodily fluids, posing a serious risk of spreading infection or blood-borne diseases like HIV or Hepatitis.

In light of these serious risks, the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 requires that employers ensure the risk of injury and infection by sharps is minimised. This Sharps Awareness course will teach employees the best practices for the safe and responsible use and disposal of sharps. On completion, employers will be legally compliant with the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013.

On completion of this course, learners will understand:

  • What is a sharp?
  • How sharps can affect them.
  • How to safely use and dispose of sharps.
  • The employer and employee responsibilities.
  • How to reduce the risk of injuries or infections which sharps pose to workers and those outside of the workforce.
  • In the event of a sharps-related injury, all workers will know the correct measures to take to mitigate the damage.
  • Anyone in any industry who will or might come into contact with sharps. 
  • 20-30 minutes to complete, with multiple-choice questions.
  • On successful completion of this course, learners will gain a qualification and receive a certificate acknowledging their course of study, which can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit.
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Sharps Awareness eLearning

The ideal introduction for anyone who may or will come into contact with sharps.

  • The Types and Dangers of Sharps
  • Safe Disposal of Sharps
  • Reduce Risks of Injury or Infection
  • Become Compliant


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