Needle & Sharps Awareness Training Course

A needle-stick injury (known as a percutaneous injury) is the penetration of the skin by a needle or other sharp object which, prior to exposure, has been in direct contact with blood, tissue or other bodily fluids.

This course is designed for employees who are likely to encounter hazards such as discarded needles, syringes and sharps etc as part of their job role. These employees are at a higher risk of injury from used and discarded needles, syringes or sharps.

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Duration:
3.5 hours
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This course is designed for employees who are likely to encounter hazards such as discarded needles, syringes and sharps etc as part of their job role. These employees are at a higher risk of injury from used and discarded needles, syringes or sharps. This includes Health Care Professionals in Hospitals and Nursing Homes. It also includes those who work in the community that may come in contact with sharps during the course of their work and may also be of interest to others handling sharps, including tattooists, veterinary staff, prison officers, community workers, professional cleaning companies, those working with drug addiction etc
People with medical conditions and drug users may also use sharps in their homes. Sharps can also be found in public areas. If you have employees visiting clients in their homes or out in parks and public places, you have a duty of care to ensure their safety.

Course outline:

This course will develop awareness of the risks of needle stick and sharps injuries, how to deal with and dispose of sharps and how to protect yourself and others. This course will outline how you can adopt safe working practices to minimise the risk of injury.

Content will include 

  • What is a sharp and what can cause a sharp injury?
  • How to safely dispose of sharps
  • Understanding the risks from sharps
  • The associated health risks and how to avoid contamination.
  •  Blood borne viruses
  •  General Measures to prevent sharps and needle stick injuries
  •  Initial first aid and further treatment of needle stick and sharps injuries
  • Reporting of sharps injuries
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Your role in personal protection

Bespoke Course

This bespoke course will be tailored to meet the particular work place. We can incorporate Basic Principles on Spillages of blood and bodily fluids if relevant to the workplace. 
We will travel to your premises to deliver this bespoke course.

On-site and Virtual Course Options

Onsite: We can deliver this course in your workplace. 
Online: We have an online /e - learning option that you can complete in your own time and at your own pace
Virtual: We can deliver this to your staff team by ZOOM or MS Teams with a live instructor to answer your questions.
Contact us now for your bespoke Needle & Sharps Awareness Training Course, by email, phone or text. 
 
Contact us now for your bespoke Needle & Sharps Awareness Training Course. 
In-house training in Needle & Sharps Awareness is available in the following counties. 
Meath | Louth | Kildare | Dublin | Cavan | Monaghan |

 

If you need in-house or on-site Needle & Sharps Awareness Training Course Training please contact us or arrange a callback.

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Duration:
55 minutes
Cost:
€25

This course is ideal for anyone who want to get certified immediately and would like to complete the courses in their own time and at their own pace.

This course looks at the statistics relating to discarded needles, defining 'sharps' and looking 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 covers the primary and secondary risks from sharps and Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and Tetanus. This Sharps Awareness course has a section on the Chain of Infection and looks at the responsibilities employers have and how they must use risk assessment to ensure the working environment is as safe as possible.

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. Having knowledge of the probability of picking up an infection from a needlestick injury, and the factors that can affect this is another topic this course touches on.

It's important to always handle discarded sharps safely so the course will take you through the equipment you and 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, this Sharps Awareness Course will cover how to report discarded sharps and the correct procedures to follow if you're unlucky enough to receive a sharps injury. Knowledge of the dangers associated with sharps, safe handling techniques and use of appropriate PPE will help you to protect yourself from the dangers. 

Online Course Content: 
  • Sharp Safety, the Basics
  • Needlestick Injuries 
  • The Chain of Infection
  • Chances of Infection
  • Equipment
  • Safe Handling Procedures

Certification:  

On successful completion of this course the learner will receive an NB Training Services, CPD approved Sharps Awareness Certificate which is valid for 2 years.

Why do this course with us?

  • Complete in your own time and at your own pace
  • Instant certificate upon completion
  • Company Accounts get access to all employee certificates
  • Closed captioning available
 
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