This course is strongly recommended for anyone working with or around anything that is considered a sharp at UAB. This course is designed to provide guidelines when it comes to the standards, policies, and procedures for the safe handling of sharps at UAB.

  • Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) defines a sharp as "any used or unused discarded article that may cause punctures or cuts and which has been or is intended for use in animal or human medical care, medical research, or in laboratories utilizing microorganisms."
  • Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) defines a sharp as "needles, scalpels, broken glass, capillary tubes and the exposed ends of dental wires."

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Recognize the different types of sharps that could be present at UAB.
  2. Utilize the proper procedures for avoiding sharps injuries and what to do if it happens.
  3. Execute the proper guidelines when it comes to the proper disposal of unbroken or broken sharps.
  4. Properly don and doff the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as needed.

A BlazerID or XIAS account is required to register for and take the course.

Registration: Follow these registration instructions.
A copy of the completed training certificate must be maintained on file and presented to the proper authorities upon request.

Once you pass the assessment for the course, you may go to the My Transcript tab and located the course link. Once you click on the link, you will see another link that brings up your certificate for the course. Choose File, Print to print it.

Below you will find reference material and job aids to assist you in understanding the Hazard Communication Standard. After completing the course, feel free to return here and print any of the material you find useful.

Call 205-934-2487 for more information.