Needles & Sharps Online Course

Needles & Sharps Online Course

2 Hours2 Hours
Interactive Interactive
Cost effectiveCost effective

Thousands of sharps and needles are used in the workplace every single day in the UK. Not just in hospitals, but in tattoo studios, veterinary practices, care homes, surgeries and prisons. Over 300,000 injuries from sharps and needles occur every year, just in medical practices. Learn how to use them safely and dispose of them responsibly to avoid injury.

Healthcare professionals have created this e-learning needles and sharps training course in accordance with the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations to bring you up-to-date information on the risks, responsibilities and best practice.

There’s no time limit to complete the course, so you can learn at your own pace. However, it should take you around 2 hours. It’s accredited and assured by CPD and RoSPA Qualifications, too.


This online Health and Safety course takes around 2 hours to complete. By the end, you’ll be familiar with:

  • What a sharp is, and how most sharps injuries occur
  • When injuries are most likely to happen
  • The risks associated with using sharps and needles carelessly
  • Who is most at risk of a sharps injury
  • When sharps are used in the workplace
  • Best practice for handling and disposing of sharps safely
  • Legal responsibilities of the employer and employee regarding safe use of sharps
  • What to do in the event of a sharps-related injury


This online training course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to sharps – what are they and what kind of injuries do they cause?
  • The dangers of sharps injuries, when they occur and who is most at risk
  • Needlestick injuries: the facts
  • The risk of being exposed to biological agents
  • Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013
  • Understanding the legal guidelines
  • The responsibilities of employers and employees
  • What is meant by the term ‘reasonably practicable’?
  • Carrying out risk assessments
  • How to keep workers safe from harm
  • Best practice for sharps use
  • Understanding medical device markings
  • Guidelines for hand hygiene and PPE
  • Key do’s and don’ts of using sharps
  • Reporting an injury
  • Disposing of sharps safely
  • Waste stream segregation systems


At the end of this course, you’ll take a multiple-choice test of 12 questions. It’s marked automatically, and you’ll need 75% to pass. If you don’t pass first time, you’re welcome to re-take the test as many times as you need to at no extra cost.

You’ll receive a CPD-certified digital certificate straight away.

As well as conforming to CPD guidelines, this course is certified by the widely recognised Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Qualifications Assurance System.

Who is this Course for?

If you work with needles and sharps as part of your role, this online training course is for you. The details in this course are aimed at those working in healthcare, outlining legal responsibilities, regulations and compliance. However, most of the information is transferrable to other industries.

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