Sharps Management

All social care workers will complete the workbook Preventing Infection: workbook and guidance for health and social care staff within their Induction period. For copies email:

Each service may have its own time span for refresher training ranging from 1-3 years. It is the responsibility of the line manager to ensure the worker remains competent and confident in their practice, irrespective of the stated refresher period.

Line Managers can decide which of the resources and ideas listed are relevant and inspiring for their teams to keep knowledge and skills in infection control current and a priority.

Monitoring learning and application to practice:

All staff should be using the DCC Transfer of Learning Form for each learning opportunity. Learning can also be checked by using a quiz before and after a session. And application to practice checked using an audit or observations.


Outcomes: Staff know the correct procedures to prevent and respond to the safe use and disposal of sharps as appropriate to their service and role.

Use the resources here as a bite sized introduction to Infection control refresher – followed by further bite sized sessions on Standard Precautions and other infection control topics : hand washing; PPE; waste management ( including sharps and laundry where appropriate) cleaning and disinfecting; personal hygiene; specific conditions and outbreaks. Or you may want to join two or more topics together. E.g chain of infection with hand washing and outbreaks.


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