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This training course is broken down into 2 sections

  1. 1 What are Sharps?
  2. 2 Preventing the spread of infections
Someone using a sharps instrument - Sharps Training
Section 1 of our Sharps Training - what exactly are Sharps?

“Sharps” is a medical term used for any item with sharp edges or points capable of puncturing or cutting skin. Sharps are mostly associated with medical settings like hospitals, but many people will use Sharps at home, at work, or whilst travelling to help deal with certain medical conditions – diabetes, for example. 

In this section, we'll look at some of the risks posed by Sharps and, most importantly, what you can do to help minimise them.

Section 2 of our Sharps Training - how to prevent infections from spreading

The best way to deal with Sharps Injuries is to try and prevent them altogether. This means employers and employees working together to create and maintain a set of working practices and procedures which have safety at their core.

In this section, we'll see how your employer's risk assessment should inform how you work, as well as looking at some best practice techniques when working with Sharps.

About this course

“Sharps” waste is a form of hazardous waste which includes any objects that are used to puncture the skin. These materials must be handled with care and safety.

Annually, there are 16 billion injections administered both in and out of hospitals around the world. However, there are a large number of needles and syringes that are not correctly disposed of and these could cause harm to others.

Safe Needle Disposal gives examples of sharps such as; needles, syringes, lancets, auto-injectors, infusion sets and connection needle/sets. Hence, Sharps is not just exclusive to needles as many think. Anything attached to needles and blades is also considered as Sharps waste and therefore, needs to be disposed of properly.

There are dangers associated with Sharps materials as bloodborne diseases and infections can be passed through them. Some of the diseases connected with Sharps materials are Hepatitis B, C and HIV, but are not exclusive to these three. This risk is, logically, higher to those working within the healthcare industry, however, there are risks to people using needles and blades at home and work. The general public can be put at risk too from improper needle disposal from drug use.

Michelle Livings, a presenter of Sharps Training

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Michelle Livings

The importance of Sharps Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Sharps Training course concludes with a 10 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

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Your Sharps Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

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94 real user reviews

4.7 out of 5
Very interesting

Im enjoying the new system

Great simple way of explaining the hazar

I have been stabbed with a drug takers sharp waiting for 12 months for all tests and results to come back is an horrific time

very helpful

this course has learnt me new things very interesting

Good but very healthcare orientated.

Good but very healthcare orientated. Still we could relate to a lot of it in our world of refurbishment / facilities management but I can see those not interested in the training being further disengaged.


Very informative

Perfect good

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

Certainly makes one think and more aware

It makes you aware and redress some bad habits that form which we can take for granted, it's not ok to think we are ok.


The Sharps Training is basic but informative

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

The Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013

This legislation was created to prevent Sharps injuries in the hospital and healthcare sector. It aims to protect those in the healthcare sector from bloodborne viruses.

The legislation sets out many requirements that are already in Health & Safety Law. The Sharps legislation explains:

  • Who and what the Legislation applies to
  • The safe use & disposal of Sharps
  • Necessary information and training to workers
  • Risk assessments and risk prevention
  • What to do with a Sharps injury

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) is also relevant as it sets out the general responsibilities that employers have for their employees as well as the public, and the responsibility employees have to one another.

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, 2002 for assessing risks employees are exposed to by hazardous substances and aiming to prevent them. This also includes the use of protective equipment and reducing exposure.  

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