Inoculation Injuries & Safer Sharps

An inoculation injury is the most likely method of blood-borne virus (BBV) transmission in dentistry. Inoculation injuries include needle-stick injuries, bites or scratches from patients and splashes to the eye with infected material.

This course will provide you with the knowledge to implement safe working systems to prevent the risk of inoculation injuries and the possible exposure to blood borne viruses.

The course provides 60 minutes of verifiable CPD

“This course will provide all the team with the knowledge to implement safe working systems.”

On completion of this course you will gain the knowledge and tools to understand and implement safe working systems to prevent the risk of blood borne virus exposure and injury.

  • Preventive measures to avoid inoculation injury
  • Dealing with the risk of infection
  • Complying with RIDDOR
  • Safe and effective decontamination duties for the team
  • Step by step guidance for sharp injuries
  • Understand the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013
  • Requirements of employers and contractors
  • Effective management of safer sharps
  • Appropriate team training.


  • “I absolutely love this online training site. Very informative & easy to understand.”
  • “Very relevant to keep up to date and know the risks.”
  • “This course will provide all the team with the knowledge to implement safe working systems.”
  • “Very good course, informative and reinforced current practices.”
  • “Really refreshed my knowledge on Sharps & inoculation procedures; very helpful.”
  • “Very informative on how to deal with sharps injuries.”
  • “Good information to make you more aware of what you are doing and to make you think.”
  • “Lots of information to take in, lots of updated info since I last nursed.”
  • “It refreshed my knowledge on inoculation injuries and was a very good course.”

Course Curriculum

  • What is an inoculation injury?
    5 minutes
  • What is the risk?
    5 minutes
  • Who is at risk?
    5 minutes
  • Appropriate training
    5 minutes
  • New clinical team members
    5 minutes
  • Decontamination of reusable instruments
    5 minutes
  • Essential information
    5 minutes
  • Eye splash injuries
    5 minutes
  • Needlestick and sharp instrument injuries
    5 minutes
  • Increased risk factors
    5 minutes
  • Sharps Injury Protocol
    30 minutes
  • Keeping you safe
    5 minutes
  • European Directive – Safer Sharps
    5 minutes
  • Employers and contractors
    5 minutes
  • Effective and safe management of sharps
    5 minutes
  • Safer sharps where practicable
    5 minutes
  • Prevent the recapping of needles
    5 minutes
  • Place sharps bins close to the point of use
    5 minutes
  • Provide appropriate information and training
    5 minutes
  • Investigate and respond to injuries
    5 minutes
  • Review procedures regularly
    5 minutes
  • Points to note
    5 minutes
  • Summary – Inoculation Injuries and Safer Sharps
    5 minutes
  • Pre-Question Advice Preview
    1 minutes
  • Inoculation Injuries and Safer Sharps
    10 questions
  • Feedback & Reflective Learning Guidance
    5 minutes

Your course includes


Up-to-date information

Our course material is both current and relevant; verified by leaders in the dental industry.

Various media

We use a combination of text, imagery, videos and presentations to help you get the most out of this course.

Course downloads

This course features documents for you to download and use in your dental practice.

Post-course feedback

Upon completion of the course you are required to complete a short feedback survey.

Frequently asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course begins when you are ready. Although the course duration is 60 minutes, you can work at your own pace, and your progress is saved automatically.

How long do I have access to the course?

After you have successfully enrolled on the course, there is no limit on when you must complete the course by. 

Does the course have a test?

Yes. There is a short assessment at the end of the course. You must achieve 80% or more to pass the course. If you do not pass, you have the opportunity to review the content and re-take the assessment when you are ready.

Does the course offer a certificate upon completion?

Yes. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a personalised certificate. This is saved to your personal dashboard. You can download and print this certificate when you require it. In addition, you are also credited with a digital badge that will feature in your personal dashboard.

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