Sharps Safety for Vaccinators & Healthcare Staff
This course provides additional information on sharps safety, beyond what is covered in the Bloodborne Pathogens training.
More than eight million healthcare workers in the USA work in hospitals, aged care, pharmacies and other health care settings. Precise national data are not available on the annual number of needlestick and other percutaneous injuries among health care workers; but estimates indicate that 600,000 to 800,000 injuries occur annually.
The majority of needlestick injuries reported involve nursing staff; but laboratory staff, clinicians, vaccinators, physicians, housekeepers, and other health care workers are also injured. Some of these injuries expose workers to bloodborne pathogens that may cause infection.
This course takes a closer look at the ways in which healthcare workers and others at risk of exposure can help prevent needlestick and sharps injuries. This course is particularly relevant to staff who have been employed at vaccination site centers in regional hibs, pharmacies and other locations to assist in COVID-19 vaccination efforts but may not have formal medical training.
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Sharps Safety Course Outline
Our interactive Sharps Safety Workplace Training provides the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage sharps exposure in your workplace or organization.
Each module has several lessons. Lessons contains 100% interactive ‘micro-learning’ content broken down into bite-sized chunks.
Each module ends with a short quiz when the content is fresh in your mind rather than a long exam at the end of the course. The average time to complete the course is about 30 minutes
You can see what is covered in the lessons below.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
This lesson introduces the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (2000).
In this lesson, you will become familiar with the requirements of the organizational Exposure Control Plan and learn how this helps to mitigate sharps related injuries.
In this lesson, you will look at a real world case report of how an employee suffered a needlestick injury that resulted in life changing consequences.
In this lesson you will learn the key methods for preventing sharps related workplace injuries.
In this lesson you will learn about the specific workplace activities that can pose a higher risk of sharps injury.
In this lesson you will learn about different types of sharps safety devices.
In this lesson you will learn about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements regardaing sharps safety and reporting.
In this lesson you will learn about the financial costs to businesses and organizations resulting from sharps injuries.
In this lesson you will learn about what the Hierarchy of Controls is and why it is important in preventing workplace injuries.
In this lesson you will learn about Engineering Controls.
In this lesson you will learn about Work Practice Controls.
In this lesson you will learn about Administrative Controls.
In this lesson you will learn about what employers are recommended t0 do in order to reduce needlestick injuries in their workplaces.
In this lesson you will learn about how workers can reduce their own risk profile.