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Needle Sticks and Sharps Injuries Quick Take on Safety

Quick Takes are scripts that serve as short safety talks to remind staff about safe work practices. This Quick Take focuses on needle stick and sharps injuries hazards and prevention methods. Quick Takes help keep safety in the forefront of employees’ minds and demonstrate a commitment to safety on the part of the organization by improving safety culture. The Quick Take also offers an opportunity for employees to ask questions, discuss safety topics and develop solutions to specific hazards while encouraging communication.

Needle Sticks and Sharps Injuries Quick Take Training Overview and Objectives

  • Overview: Discusses hazards of needle sticks and sharps use, and best practices for sharps use, disposal, and if injured.hazards of sharps use, and best practices for sharps use, disposal, and if injured.
  • Purpose: Help increase employee awareness of sharps hazards and follow best practices regarding sharps.
  • Preparation:
    • Read and become familiar with this Quick Take. Change as needed to reflect procedures and personnel in your department.
    • Consider reviewing the blood borne pathogens program of your organization.
    • It can be helpful to have an empty sharps container or a needle with a safety device to demonstrate.
  • Handout: Quick Review of Safety: Sharps Disposal and Needle Sticks

Supervisors typically give the Quick Take talks during regularly scheduled or informal meetings. To improve their effectiveness as a training tool, all Quick Takes should be modified to reflect the needs and situations of your specific workplace. Quick Takes are not designed to take the place of regular formal training.