Bloodborne Pathogen Training?

Nov 14, 2017

Anyone have any ideas of how to 'spice up' a Bloodborne Pathogen training? I want to build a what would you scenario based 'quiz' but i'm struggling with ways to liven up the content. Our company just started using articulate (previously used survey monkey based slide/quiz mode). This will be a lot of our employee's first exposure to training using articulate so I really want it to pop to get people excited about what's to come for future training (that isn't compliance based). I'm the only training person for our company so I'm feeling the lack of people to bounce ideas off of.

Any ideas are appreciated! 

8 Replies
Christy Tucker

Think about the situations in which you would use that information on bloodborne pathogens. When would that happen in your company? A warehouse accident? A bloody nose in the office? Don't think about the generic examples--set it in your company. Focus on what's relevant so the setting is as close to the real environment as possible, at least in terms of what decisions people need to make. 

You can have some emotion in that too. If it's an accident with blood, you can show a character feeling squeamish or even freaking out at the sight of blood. You can have some real tension.

If you want some really fancy (and expensive!) inspiration, check out the Lifesaver training. This is all video based, but you could create similar kinds of situations with just still photos and text. It won't have quite the same emotional impact, but good writing could create tension.

Jesse Anderson

In my organization, our most effective and memorable training courses have all used storytelling to bring the information home for the learner. Like Christy said, focusing on real scenarios and individual decision making are the real strengths of effective elearning. From there you can dress it up however you like. We often pull from lessons learned or case studies.

With a subject like bloodborne pathogens, there is a lot of need to know information but there is also a fair bit of misunderstandings and incorrect ideas. I find it's just as important to clear up false notions as it is to provide the core knowledge to the learner.

A good example of creating drama with just text and pictures is the classic Haji Kamal lesson built for the military a few years ago: 


Nicole Legault

Hey Maggie!

I agree with all the other comments - incorporating scenarios to bring the content to life, and sharing fun and exciting examples of what could happen with the information they need to know... For example.. "While Cheryl is transporting a vial of blood, it smashes and breaks on the floor. Some blood gets on Cheryl's arm. What should Cheryl do?" I totally just made up that content and have no idea if it works for your training haha but you get the idea? you would then follow up with a few choices for what to do... obviously one would be the correct one.

And then the feedback you follow up with can be relevant to the answer they chose. For example "Cheryl decides to ignore the blood and just wipe it off. A few months later she develops an ilness... " blah blah or something like that. 

Here's a few articles I've written about creating scenarios: 4 ID Tips to Create Awesome Scenarios and Build 3 Step Scenarios with Storyline.

Tom Kuhlmann on the Rapid E-Learning Blog also has some great articles about writing scenario based content here.

And here's a few more scenario based examples to get your ideas going: Customer Service Refund Scenario & The Job Interview

jack harvey

I think you also need to think outside the box(workplace).  Use scenarios about people who could work at your facility, i.e. drugs (needle sticks), domestic violence and terrorist.  you can use things at home or daily living.  all of these tie into the blood bourn pathogens.  You could go way outside and use zombies to get attention.  Sometimes the craziest things are what draw people into your training and maintains peoples interest.