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Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety

Online Training Certification Course

Title 8 CCR, Section 5218

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This online training course provides an overview of benzene-related risks and regulatory requirements for individuals who work with benzene in the state of California. It includes safe work practices, requirements for monitoring employee exposure, hazard communication, and how to maintain benzene-related records.

Benzene is a product found in gasoline and other fuels. It is used in the manufacturing of plastics, pesticides, detergents, and other chemicals. Before workers use benzene, they must receive OSHA safety training about how to use the chemical safely. This is because even short-term exposure to high levels of benzene can be fatal, and the chemical is known to cause cancer in humans.

This course is for:
Employees involved in the manufacturing of plastics, detergents, pesticides, and other chemicals that expose workers to benzene need benzene safety and awareness training in order to safely operate in their workplace. Individuals with occupational exposure to benzene include steelworkers, refinery workers, tire manufacturing workers, printers, shoemakers, lab technicians, gas station employees, and firefighters.

Case Study: Following the addition of benzene to a large tank, two workers opened the gauge hatch on top of the tank to measure and sample the contents. The workers performed the sampling when the temperature in their work area was conducive to the risk of an explosion. The workers did not use any electrostatic charge prevention measures, such as mounting a nitrogen blanket system at the benzene tank. Static electricity ignited the benzene, which caused an explosive fire that took firefighters 15 hours to extinguish. Both workers were badly injured in the explosion.

Key Takeaways: It is critical to be aware of all of the factors that might combine with benzene's natural flammability and lead to disaster. Even static electricity, generated by a wide variety of things such as chemical transfers or sampling undertaken from a tank roof, can ignite benzene and result in an explosion.

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Governing Regulations

California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), more commonly known as Cal/OSHA, sets and enforces standards pertaining to benzene exposure. The benzene safety standard can be found in Title 8 of California's Code of Regulations (CCR), Section 5218.

What You'll Learn

    Introduction to Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety
  • Introduction to Benzene
  • Key Terms
  • Applicable Regulations
  • Benzene Safety Hazards
  • Health Risks of Exposure to Benzene
  • Type of Exposure
  • Delayed Effects
  • Effects of Chronic or Repeated Exposure
    Benzene Exposure Monitoring
  • Employee Exposure Limits and Monitoring
  • Initial Monitoring and Periodic Monitoring
  • Termination of Monitoring
  • Additional Monitoring
  • Employee Notification of Monitoring Results
  • Observation of Monitoring
  • Methods of Compliance
  • Compliance Program
    Benzene Safe Workplace Practices
  • Ventilation
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Respirator Selection
  • Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • Spill and Leak Procedures
  • Sanitation
  • Emergency First Aid Procedures
    Employer Communication, Recordkeeping, and Medical Surveillance
  • Communication of Hazards
  • Warning Signs and Labels
  • Information and Training
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Initial Examination
  • Periodic Examinations
  • Emergency Examinations
  • Additional Examinations and Referrals
  • Information Provided to the Physician
  • Physician's Written Reports
  • Medical Removal Plan
  • Medical Removal Protection Benefits
  • Recordkeeping-Exposure Measurements
  • Recordkeeping-Medical Surveillance
  • Access to Records
    Additional Resources

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Employers are responsible for training new personnel before assigning them to tasks that may expose them to hazardous chemicals such as benzene. Benzene training must be repeated annually for any worker exposed above OSHA's action level. This online certification meets the initial training requirements.

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

Alexander M Verified
Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety

The course was easy to understand and got the key details needed efficently to me.

Garrett E Verified
Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety

it was an interesting course.

Matthew R Verified
Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety

easy to follow and very informative. i do beleve that certain information should posably be repeted more often so that it helps sink in.

Alvin S Verified
Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety

I thought the course was very informative.

Austin D Verified
Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety

Definitely one of the more simple trainings I have completed online. I would recommend this training to anyone in need of good benzene safety training or refresher.

Aaron Y Verified
Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety

Fairly simple and effective course and easy to navigate. Thanks!

Dyllon B Verified
Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety

Great course!

Tyler H Verified
Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety

I though the exam did a good job of informing me of the benzene hazards and regulations. It is good to know the specific effects to look for.

Jordan D Verified
Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety

Very informative training. We will be using this company wide.

Christopher M Verified
Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety

I thought the course was great. It covered all the main and important components when working with Benzene.

Olivia A Verified
Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety

This was a great online course outlining the dangers of benzene and how to maintain a safe working environment.



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