Sharps & Infectious Waste Handling
Serious hazards endanger workers – safe procedures save lives

Background:

Under the WHS Act, Section 19, all PCBU’s (organisations) are required to provide training to workers, supervisors, volunteers and contractors to reduce the risk of injury or illness.  The collection and handling of sharps and infectious waste, such as syringes, glass, and contaminated waste materials carries risk, requiring skilled workers.

Australian Standard AS3816: 2018 requires waste generators to ensure that all relevant staff are trained in safe and conformant procedures for handling infectious waste. This course references the training requirements of the standard.

Timing:  2.5 hour workshop

Who should attend:  All workers, contractors, volunteers, and supervisors exposed to the risks involved in handling sharps and infectious waste, or managing workers who do so.

Key Learnings: 

  • Sharps and infectious waste; examples and situations
  • Identifying a single exposed sharp, multiple exposed and hidden sharps and various types of infectious waste
  • The risks presented by various types of infectious waste
  • Methods of infection, and controls to mitigate the risk of infection
  • Identify the relevant waste streams and segregation of waste types
  • Compliant containers and transport of sharps and infectious waste
  • First Aid and treatment following exposure
  • Accessing and using workplace policies, procedures and documents relating to sharps and infectious waste relevant to worker roles
  • Undertaking risk assessment to identify hazards, risks and control measures
  • Using the safety hierarchy of control
  • Implementing control measures to ensure safety of self and others, such  as PPE, barriers, signage, immunisation, prevention and removal tools and equipment, standard precautions and safe work practices
  • Emergency procedures and responses
  • Communicating hazards to supervisor and provide incident reports
  • Using tools and equipment to safely remove sharps and infectious waste
  • Safely and correctly dispose of items and clean up of spillages
  • Handling and storing infectious waste safely at a facility