Date of Award

5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Committee Member

Dr. Barry Garst, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Dr. Skye Arthur-Banning

Committee Member

Dr. Michael Godfrey

Abstract

Employee training consist on the development process to foster learning of new techniques and methods to perform a job with efficiency and effectiveness. Effective training programs help employees concentrate on individual career development and ultimately assist in achieving organizational short and long-term objectives. The purpose of this study is to implement and evaluate a developed advanced Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) training program targeting collegiate recreation student employees within the Department of Campus Recreation at Clemson University. This mixed-methods study explores the effectiveness of an advanced bloodborne pathogen employee training with student staff and evaluates whether Campus Recreation should invest in the implementation of this training with the additional 300 students employed throughout the department and during future employee trainings. A sample of 75 student employee participants completed a pre-training assessment, followed by the delivery of a customized bloodborne pathogen training program. The 25-minute training focused on reviewing adequate blood/body-fluid spill clean-up procedures specific to Clemson University Campus Recreation. After the training, all participants completed a post-training test. A total of 45 participants completed an additional posttest 8-weeks after the training delivery date. Employees’ pretest, posttest and 8-week posttest scores were compared to determine acquisition and retention of knowledge from completion of the advanced BBP training. The results obtained from this study show an increase in knowledge regarding bloodborne pathogen safety, as well as retention of knowledge. These findings support the importance of providing employees with relevant training opportunities as well as the benefits of enhancing existing training programs to fit the needs of specific occupations and work settings.

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