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.

Penalties for reckless conduct under the WHS Act are up to $3mil. For corporations/government bodies and up to $300 000 and/or 5 years imprisonment for individuals.

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.

Workshop Overview: 

  • Sharps and infectious waste – examples and situations
  • Accessing and using workplace policies, procedures and documents relating to sharps and infectious waste
  • Identifying a single exposed sharp, multiple exposed and hidden sharps and infectious waste
  • 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, prevention and removal tools and equipment, standard precautions and safe work practices.
  • Emergency procedures and response
  • Communicating hazards to supervisor and provide reports
  • Using tools and equipment to remove sharps and infectious waste
  • Safely and correctly dispose of items and clean up
  • Maintaining and storing all PPE, tools and equipment
  • Completing risk assessment documentation
  • Guidelines and Code of Practice
  • Questions and scenarios
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