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Sharps Awareness Course

Sharps Awareness Course

Sharps training is extremely important for anyone whose work activities mean there is the possibility of them coming into contact with sharp objects which may cause injury or illness.

Whilst the most obvious occupations are doctors and hospital workers, as well as those performing searches such as the police and customs officials, the reality is that anybody who has the possibility to come into contact with sharp objects would benefit from this particular health and safety training course. Example industries include construction, demolition, cleaning, grounds maintenance people and many others.

Our Sharps Awareness course is designed to provide an insight to some of the issues associated with the incorrect handling of such implements, health risks to ensure the safe disposal and handling of these implements or is an ideal course to top-up existing knowledge and tool box training.

The course is aimed at operatives who work with sharps and supervisors and managers who control such activities. It is also an ideal course for managers to understand the issues being faced by their staff and offers ideas and solutions to help deal with these issues.

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Why is Sharps Training Important?


Workers in a variety of industries such as construction may encounter sharps hazards

Sharps training is extremely important for anyone whose work activities mean there is the possibility of them coming into contact with sharp objects which may cause injury or illness.

Whilst the most obvious occupations are doctors and hospital workers, as well as those performing searches such as the police and customs officials, the reality is that anybody who has the possibility to come into contact with sharp objects would benefit from this particular health and safety training course. Example industries include construction, demolition, cleaning, grounds maintenance people and many others.

Potential injuries can range from minor cuts and scratches, through to severe lacerations. Plus, there is the potential additional risk of blood-borne infections if the sharp item was a hypodermic needle for example.



What Does the Sharps Awareness Course Cover?


Abandoned and disused buildings can contain sharps dangers like used drug needles

The course covers legislation, contractible illnesses and diseases, prevention of injury as well as problem solving discussions with the course candidates such as identifying unexpected sites where sharps could be located and we also explore currently available equipment and its use.

The trainer gives a demonstration using our sharps kit and delegates then have the opportunity to take part in a practical exercise as an individual and as part of the further group activity.

The two main dangers from sharps is the potential for cuts and lacerations leading to blood loss and infection, and the contracting of certain diseases from needles or medical equipment. At the BCF Group, our sharps training courses will cover not only preventative measures and safe handling techniques for sharps, but will also look at the correct disposal of sharp objects to prevent injury to other people. The courses also cover relevant health and safety legislation covering the disposal of sharps.

Not only will our sharps training courses be suitable for those who may come into contact with sharp implements, it will also be useful for managers and supervisors as it will allow them to better understand the risks facing their staff, enabling them to discuss with staff much more effectively the control measures that need to be put in place.



Course Tutors


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Our health and safety trainers are qualified and experienced health and safety professionals with an appropriate background in this topic and in delivering engaging health and safety training.

All consultants hold professional membership of the chartered Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Whilst our online sharps awareness course is very good, where health and safety training is involved it is always far better to have an actual course tutor there with you in the room, and is why we would always recommend that you attend a classroom sharps safety training course whenever time and budgets allow.



In-House Courses


In-House Accident Investigation Training Courses

Our sharps training courses are primarily run as bespoke courses which are tailored to the exact risks and working environment of your employees. This makes the training much more effective than a standard, generic sharps courses which just highlights the theory regarding safe use of sharp objects.

This course content can be tailored to your specific requirements, taking into account the specific dangers and working practices of your particular company and industry. It can also be combined with one or more other courses to create a truly bespoke training programme for your employees.

For more information please call 0844 800 3295 or send us an online contact form with a description of your training requirements.




Frequently Asked Questions

The Sharps Awareness course is delivered over half a day (three hours). This enables the course to be provided to two different groups on one day, meaning that not all of your staff need to be away from the workplace at the same time.

Each delegate on our Sharps Awareness course will be issued with a workbook to assist them both during and after the course.

The course is designed to be interactive, allowing delegates the opportunity to develop their skills with the support of the course tutor.

Delegates will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance upon successful completion of the course.






Scheduled Open Courses

Sharps Awareness open courses

Our Sharps Awareness open courses have the following included in the course cost:

  • All course materials
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Refreshments throughout the course
  • Free on-site car parking



Sharps Awareness training courses in Nottingham, East Midlands

Nottingham

5 Wheatcroft Business Park, Landmere Lane, Edwalton, Nottingham, NG12 4DG

Held at our head office, the comfortable training suites (which are situated on ground level, as well as the toilet facilities, making them wheelchair-friendly) are fully air conditioned with natural daylight. Free on-site car parking is also available.


Price: £95.00 + vat
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Hypodermic needles on the ground outdoors

This course is designed to provide an insight to some of the issues associated with the incorrect handling of such implements, health risks to ensure the safe disposal and handling of these implements or is an ideal course to top-up existing knowledge and tool box training.

It will also explore modern training techniques for providing the course content to others.

This course has been targeted for those new to teaching others about sharps awareness, and is also ideal for those wishing to update their skills.

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Sharps Articles


Sharps Risks - Broken Skin

A grazed knee broken skin

Unbroken skin is an effective barrier against many forms of hazardous substances that are unable to penetrate through the various layers in order to reach the bloodstream. However, if the skin is broken, it is much easier for foreign chemicals or biological agents to enter the body and the bloodstream. Once there, they can multiply and/or destroy the body's existing cells and cause illness or in severe cases, death.

Sharp objects can penetrate and tear the skin to create an opening from which airborne agents can enter. Also, the sharp object itself may transfer a virus as it penetrates the skin. One example of this is a discarded needle which may introduce viruses such as hepatitis or HIV into the bloodstream.

Viruses and biological agents are not the only reasons for avoiding sharp objects. If the cut is severe, it can lead to excessive blood loss or permanent scarring, not to mention being extremely painful in the short term!

In order to avoid the ill-effects caused by sharp objects, it is vital that those workers who have the potential to encounter sharps risks which could pose a hazard to their health have suitable sharps training which gives them the knowledge of the risks, the correct use of personal protective equipment etc. Through a combination of common sense, protective equipment and the knowledge gained through relevant health and safety training will enable them to work more safely and help them avoid sharps injuries and the related consequences that come with an injury by a sharp object.



Sharps Health and Safety Risks on a Construction Site

One aspect of health and safety on a construction site which needs to be considered is that of sharp objects. A construction site can contain sharp items in a multitude of locations, and workers should receive suitable sharps training health and safety courses in order to become more aware of the dangers that sharp objects can present, and how to avoid injury from them.

As stated above, sharps risks can come from a variety of sources. One is the tools themselves, with machinery such as cutting tools needing a sharp blade in order to cut through hard material like bricks or metal, or hand-held implements like trimming knives. These items will easily cut through soft flesh, so care must be taken when using or moving around with these items. Cutting equipment should only be operated by a person who has received sufficient training in its correct operation, with appropriate health and safety measures put in place to avoid injury to others working nearby.

Site workers may also suffer cuts or lacerations from items such as protruding nails, staples in packaging material or from newly-cut material which has an edge awaiting grinding or sanding down. Workers need to be vigilant at all times against small sharp items which could be anywhere and will be difficult to spot before it is too late.

Those on site also need to consider the risk of discarded needles from trespassers who may either have been on site before building work commenced, or may have got into the site overnight. Just because the area was clear yesterday does not necessarily mean it will be today, so workers need to take care at all times.

When handling material which has the potential to contain something that can be sharp, issuing protective equipment such as gloves can help prevent injury. The circumstances will vary depending upon the situation, but it may be necessary to perform a sharps risk assessment before allowing a worker(s) to proceed with the task.


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Clinical Waste - Sharps and Other Health Risks

Clinical waste can pose a serious risk to the health and safety of both workers and members of the general public who may inadvertently come into contact with it if it is not disposed of in a correct and safe manner.

Numerous industries and professions create and handle clinical and biohazardous waste, and as such have a requirement to ensure its proper storage and disposal. These include medical facilities such as hospitals and doctors surgeries, dentists, veterinary surgeries and mobile blood donation facilities to name but a few.

The two main dangers and hazards associated with such facilities include sharps risks from syringes and other sharp implements such as scalpels, along with infection from contact with fluids on items like used bandages or organic tissue.

In fact, sharp objects can pose a danger not only from cuts and lacerations caused by the sharp item itself, but can also spread infection if blood or tissue is present on it. It is for this reason that sharps training is so important for any worker who has the possibility of coming into contact with, or who works with, sharp objects. This is not solely limited to those working in the medical profession, but also includes those in many other roles such as customs officials who have to search people and bags and may come into contact with a sharp object such as a syringe or knife (see below).

A third danger along with sharps and infection risks comes from discarded drugs and medicine. All medication has a use-by date on the packaging, after which it is highly inadvisable to take it, particularly as its effectiveness is likely to be severely reduced. Medical facilities will often keep stocks of drugs and medicine on the premises to dispense to patients. If any of this reaches its use-by date and is still on the shelf it will need to be disposed of properly; often destroyed so that it does not fall into the hands of others who may be tempted to take it as a recreational drug or try and sell it on to others for money, as this will put these people's health and possibly even their lives at risk.



Sharps Training for Customs Officials

For all the different occupations that require sharps training, perhaps the most obvious which springs to mind is customs officials at ports and airports who regularly search the bags of passengers. Each time a bag is checked or a person is searched, there is a risk of encountering a sharp object which could cause injury or illness. For this reason, a sharps training course is an essential component of that worker's health and safety training.

Sharps risks can come from normal everyday objects such as scissors, as well as knives and needles intended for illegal drug use. Sharp items which are prohibited or intended to be used for illegal purposes are likely to be concealed or not declared to the person doing the searching. This means the risk of injury is greater if the searcher has not had the appropriate sharps training and dives straight into the search without caution. The first thing they may know about the sharp object is when they are cut, which is precisely the outcome they need to avoid.

Not only is there a danger of cuts and lacerations from sharp objects, there is also the more serious risk of contracting illnesses which are acquired through infected blood. Whilst cuts will usually heal without any permanent damage, contracting an illness is much more serious with long-lasting effects, making sharps training a must for anyone who has the potential to come into contact with sharp implements in their work activities.





In-House/Bespoke Courses


In-house health and safety training courses for your employees

Most of the courses listed below focus on specific health and safety areas (e.g. COSHH training, manual handling training etc.), whereas most of the accredited courses try and cover the entire spectrum of health and safety.

Please click on the course titles below to read more about each one. Remember, these courses are entirely flexible and can be tailored and altered to suit your needs and industry sector. They form the basis for our in-house training programmes, andcan either be run as they are if the outline is exactly what you want, or can be be modified to suit the individual requirements of your organisation. Two or more can also be combined to tailor a bespoke training session for you.

Courses:
Accident Investigation
Asbestos Awareness
CDM Refresher Training
Conflict Management
COSHH Awareness Training
COSHH for Managers and Supervisors
DSE Assessors Course
Environmental Awareness
Environmental Management
Environmental Management Systems
Fire Officer (Incident Controller)
Fire Risk Assessment
Fire Safety Training
Fire Warden / Fire Marshall
Health and Safety Awareness
Health and Safety for Managers
Health and Safety Instructor
Managing Work Equipment
Manual Handling
Manual Handling Instructor
Manual Handling Risk Assessment
Office Safety
Permit to Work Training
Risk Assessment
Risk Assessment Instructor
Safety Management Systems
Sharps Awareness
Sharps Awareness Instructor
Working at Height


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