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10340NAT Course in Safe Handling of Sharps and Infectious Waste

Information about the course:

This unit describes the outcomes that will provide vital skills and knowledge on how to recognise sharps, evaluate risks and implement control measures to facilitate the safe removal of sharps and other material that may be contaminated with blood and body fluids.
The purpose of this course is to ensure that all staff involved in the handling of infectious waste and sharps are aware of the requirement to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

Target audience:

This course is intended to provide participants with a range of knowledge, skills, generic and specific competencies to assist in safely performing the following job role(s):
  • Council rangers
  • Parks and City Service
  • Domestic and Commercial Cleaners
  • Medical staff and first aid officers (remote areas e.g. mine sites)
  • Waste and recycling collection and processing staff.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Award issued:

Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment for:

  • 10340NAT Course in Safe Handling of Sharps and Infectious Waste

Course duration:

  • Full course: 6 hours face-to-face training

Pre course study options:

There is no pre course study required for this course.

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What are my rights and responsibilties as a student?

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All students will be required to show proof of identification at the commencement of the course.

(10340NAT) What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?

Required skills


  • Manual handling techniques
  • Safe waste handling procedures
  • Correct use of equipment in accordance with manufacturer specifications
  • Safe work practices to prevent or minimise risk
  • Reading and writing skills - literacy competence required to fulfil job roles in a safe manner. The level of skill may range from the ability to understand symbols used in WHS signs, to reading workplace safety pamphlets or procedure manuals, reading labels
  • Oral communication skills - language competence required to fulfil job roles in a safe manner
  • Provide observational skills to identify hazards, and to assess and control the risks
  • Follow workplace WHS requirements as well as standard operating procedures (SOP’s)
  • Safe removal of sharps as per operational requirements.

Required Knowledge

  • Compliance with WHS policy and procedures and infection control guidelines and procedures
  • Knowledge of potential hazards in the workplace
  • Knowledge of infectious waste disposal methods
  • Demonstrated knowledge of personal hygiene and use of personal protection equipment
  • Knowledge of hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • Understand the nature and scope of workplace hazards, the range of the injuries they may cause and how these injuries happen
  • Organisational WHS policies, procedures, processes and systems
  • Understanding of risk of acquiring a blood borne disease from the hazard of needle stick and sharps injuries. It is imperative that risk control measures are introduced to ensure that occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens in healthcare are minimised or eliminated
  • Understand that airborne contaminants can be transmitted during retrieval of a sharp.


(10340NAT) How will I be assessed for this course?

The following assessment tasks are required for this course:

  • Theory Questions consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions
  • Oral Questions
  • Simulated Practical Scenarios

(10340NAT) Where can I access a copy of the accredited course?

You can access the accredited course details here