HS29
Search & Sweep Awareness Training [Sharps]


Who would benefit from this course?
People who are required to deal with discarded needles (sharps) and / or who work in environments where needles are frequently found, for example, street wardens, hostel workers, housing officers and voids clearance teams, to name but a few.
Course objectives
The interactive, hands on workshop, aims to raise the awareness of the risks of discarded needles (sharps), how to adopt safer working practices when handling objects where needles could be hidden within them, and how to develop procedures for minimising risks in these environments
During the course, participants will:
Gain an understanding of why discarded needles (sharps) 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 and practice 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 and practice using a Safer Working System to help minimise risks when dealing with needles
Select and develop the use of different tools to tackle different problems
Practice new habits of not touching any items, whilst retaining reasonable working speed
Work out how to better organise complex search and clear operations
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
Scale and source of the Problem
Possible locations; booby trapping
Basics of a Safer Working System
Practical Exercise
Session 2. Nature and Diversity of the Risks
Viral diseases
Are vaccinations effective?
A range of contaminated items
Practical Exercise
Session 3. Hygiene
How viruses enter the body
Personal Hygiene
Practical Exercise
Session 4. Additional Risks
Risks associated with body fluid spillages
People Risks
Practical Exercise
Session 5. First Aid
What to do in the event of receiving a needlestick injury or other possible contamination
Final Practical
Summary and Discussions

Galvyn Training and HR Consultancy Ltd.

Galvyn Training and HR Consultancy Ltd.