This course is intended to provide participants with a range of knowledge,

skills, generic and specific competencies to assist in performing their job

role safely in areas in which sharps or infectious waste are present

If you work or volunteer as a council ranger, public worker, in the parks and city

service industry, as a domestic or commercial cleaner, medical staff,

first aid officer, waste and recycling collection and processing staff, auto-repair

and auto-towing service operator or in public transport then this course is a must for you

When your job role requires you to regularly or occasionally handle sharps and

infectious waste, or are responsible for managing public areas were at risk of

injury from incidents involving needle-sticks and human waste, you should

understand and be able to do so avoiding risk of injury or contamination

This course teaches you the ability to implement controls for potential hazards

related to sharps and infectious waste, safely dispose of sharps and infectious

waste and complete relevant workplace documentation

Important information prior to enrolment

Unit Being Delivered

The following unit(s) will be awarded to successful participants in this course


 The certificate will be issued by Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909

10685NAT Course in safe handling of sharps and infectious waste

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Course Delivery 

This course will be delivered in the workplace or at an Industry

Training and Assessment Services facility

Entry Requirements

Language, literacy and numeracy skills to read and interpret policy,

procedural and legislative documents


Oral and written communication skills to clarify/follow instructions and

complete report documentation


Physically implement hazard control, use personal protective equipment

and infection prevention, apply safe manual handling techniques,

handle and dispose of sharps and infectious waste using available resources and equipment



Face to Face – 6 hours (minimum) – full face to face course


Blended delivery – 5 hours (minimum) face to face course – with the addition

of 1 hour self-paced learning to be completed prior to attending the face to face course


Refresher training – 5 hours (minimum) – conditions apply for this option,

for example, you will need to provide previous current certificates


 Certificate Renewal Requirements

No industry recommended renewal is identified on the certificate,

employers are recommended to consult with stakeholders to identify

appropriate training periods

What happens at the course?

Learning Activities

Delivery of course information and learning activities

Assessment Activities

Practical scenario demonstrations - Scenario 1 – basic disposal of a single exposed sharp


Scenario 2 – complex disposal of multiple exposed and hidden sharps


Scenario 3 - disposal of infectious waste


Documentation - Completion of 2 risk assessment forms (1 each for scenario 2 & 3).


Verbal questioning and explanations – These 5 oral questions must be answered by each student


Theory assessment - A written exam consisting of 15 multiple choice questions

to be completed at the end of the training session


 This can be conducted as an open book assessment and students are able

to refer to their Learners resource material

 The student must successfully answer all questions