In addition to keeping Marshfield’s computer-based bloodborne pathogens training interactive as required by OSHA while introducing new content with annual training, Cunha recommends appealing to the safety culture that the organization maintains when dealing with physician OSHA training. That, and making sure you have physicians act as safety champions, he adds.
“Involve physicians directly in developing training. Find a champion on the medical staff, especially one in a leadership position, to help make it knowledge based and as easy as possible to get through while still giving them new information to take away,” says Cunha.
Engage for effective training
When engaging physicians for bloodborne pathogens training, think of yourself as a facilitator, not a lecturer, advises Sarah Alholm, MAS, who provides safety-related healthcare consulting services and training in Asheville, NC, and is the author of OSHA Training Handbook for Healthcare Facilities.
Alholm’s book uses the case study method, one that she feels can especially appeal to initial and annual bloodborne pathogens training because it involves analysis and decision-making, which helps give physicians the sense of directing the content of the sessions, she explains.
Of course, to do that effectively, you have to really know the content, Alholm adds.
Don’t forget that for bloodborne pathogens, OSHA allows you to tailor the training program to the learner’s job duties, background and education. You might not need to spend as much time on the routes, signs, and symptoms of HBV, HCV, and HIV with physicians as you would for other employees. “Touch on the requirements without getting too into the weeds,” says Alholm.