Sharps Awareness – Online Training

£22.50 + VAT

In this course you’ll learn about the prevalence and different types of ‘sharps litter’ that can be found in the UK. It then covers the primary and secondary risks from sharps including some of the common blood borne viruses. It also covers the responsibilities of employers, the equipment needed and the effectiveness of PPE. 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.

CPD Units: 2
Approved By: CPD
Duration: 55 mins*

*Note: Course Duration is based on the amount of video content shown and is rounded off. It does not account in any way for loading time or thinking time on the questions.


The training of your staff is a factor that plays heavily on the overall success of your business. Staff, having received the proper training can conduct their work in a more efficient and safe manner, leading to fewer incidents that can disrupt your operations causing a potential slowing or halt in your revenue generation. Online training is a flexible, efficient, and effective method of training meaning the candidate can progress through the modules at their own pace and in their own time, so they can fit the training in around their work and personal lives.

It is a common misconception that sharps are only a concern for medical and care staff. However, it is not uncommon for people across many industries to com into contact with sharps. This sharps awareness online training course will cover the primary and secondary risks from sharps. It will look into the responsibility of employers and how they must use risk assessments to ensure worker safety to the best of their ability.

There will be a section of the chain of infection, helping the candidate to understand how an infection gets passed on, and what steps can be taken to break the chain and stop the process.

Upon completion of this sharps awareness online training course the candidate will be able to:

  • Recognise the safety implications of using sharps.
  • State the associated injuries and infections associated with usage of sharps. Understand employer risk assessments regarding sharps and what to do if they are injured.
  • Define the chain of infection from a sharps injury.
  • Identify susceptible employees and the chance of injuries resulting in infection.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the effective use of equipment for the safe handling and disposal of sharps.

Gain a competitive advantage by investing in your staff and ensuring that you consistently demonstrate to the public your commitment to maintain a safe and healthy environment within your business.

This course is approved by CPD, IIRSM & IOSH meaning this course has met the rigorous standards set by these leading bodies.


Courses related to this one:

For our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) online training (click here)

For our Emergency First Aid at Work – Online Annual Refresher (click here)

For our Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) online training (click here)