Sharps Safety training covers the nature of sharps injuries, the risks of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, how and where injuries occur, describes the types of engineered sharps injury prevention devices, and discusses safe work practices to prevent sharps injuries. It is important to allow sharps safety training to be a part of your compliance journey because compliance starts with training and is continuously implemented by your team.
It can be difficult to believe that a large portion of sharps injuries are sustained from healthcare professionals. According to the CDC, the number of sharps related injuries sustained from healthcare professionals is over 1,000 injuries per day. These injuries can contribute to the spread of disease within your employees and increase liability and decrease employee productivity as a result of these diseases that can be attributed to sharps injuries. Employees can miss a significant amount of time and a valuable employee could be lost due to non compliance.
In order to prevent sharps injuries, several components need to be considered. These considerations include, how sharps injuries happen, what devices are involved, who gets injured, how/when do the injuries occur, where do the injuries occur and most importantly, how can they be prevented.