The Awareness of Discarded Needles (Sharps) and Drug Related Waste

  • Course Duration1/2 a day
  • Number of delagates15 max
  • Price£455 + VAT or two half days back to back for £ 795+ VAT

Who would benefit from this needlestick awareness course?

  • This course is most suitable for operatives whose duties include working in environments where discarded needles (sharps) and other drug-related waste may be present, or where injecting drug users might be close by, but would not necessarily be required to deal with needles on a regular basis. These could include plumbers, electricians and other trades working in property, housing staff in tenant support roles, staff working in and around publicly accessible buildings, such as cleaners, caretakers and security guards, to name but a few.

Sharps course objectives

  • This well-paced workshop aims to make participants acutely aware of the risks associated with all areas where discarded needles (sharps) and other drug-related waste may be present. It seeks to encourage the exploration of simple routines that can minimise the risk of contracting needlestick injury at all times.
  • The course also sets out to impress upon delegates how even simple and inexpensive personal protective equipment and other items can be effective in different situations.

During the discarded needles training course, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of why discarded needles and drug-related waste are becoming such a problem
  • Be made very aware of where needles and other items may occur, be hidden or even used to booby trap
  • Learn about some very simple habits to minimise their risks of needlestick injury
  • Learn about the consequences of needlestick injury and self contamination from drug-related waste
  • Learn about a Safer Working System to help minimise risks when dealing with needles
  • Realise the importance of avoiding contact with suspect items.
  • Learn about the measures needed to be taken by those who may come into contact with drug users
  • Understand the importance of personal hygiene and equipment cleansing in relation to drug-related waste
  • Hear about the first aid measure needed for those who suffer needlestick injury or self-contamination

Course Outline:

Session 1. The Sharps Problem

  • Source of the problem
  • Scale of the problem
  • Possible locations; Booby trapping

Session 2. Nature and Diversity of the Risks

  • Viral diseases
  • Are vaccinations effective?
  • A range of contaminated items
  • How viruses enter the body
  • People risks

Session 3. Available measures against the risks

  • PPE and limitations
  • A Safer Working System
  • Personal Hygiene
  • First Aid measures

Summary and Discussions

Course Fees:

For in-house training, this course is currently charged at £455 plus VAT . For two sessions in one day, the fee is £795 plus VAT. Up to 15 delegates may attend each session, making this a cost-effective way of training yourself and your staff (potentially only £25.50 per person).

All costs are based on carrying out the training at your premises - we ask you to provide the training room and flip chart.

Depending upon location and timings, a contribution towards travel and accommodation costs might be requested, but these will be agreed with you before your order is confirmed.

This course is accredited by the Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board.

  • The training was organised, well presented, precise and to the point. The trainer made the course interesting, light hearted with humour giving the candidates time to engage with each other. The training was very much tailored to the group and the work they do, which was exactly what we were looking for. The trainer gave real life scenarios of sharps in the community which was a real eye opener to the chaps. The Trainer not only delivered an excellent course but also went out of her way to email a very useful list of products demonstrated on the course.

    Planning and Compliance Officer, City of York Council

  • Course Duration1/2 a day
  • Number of delagates15 max
  • Price£455 + VAT or two half days back to back for £ 795+ VAT