Title 8 CCR, Section 5207,1532 Online Training Certification Course
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This course presents an overview of the State of California regulations for cadmium exposure, including its effects on the body; modes of exposure; and engineering, administrative, and work practice controls to limit exposure. This course also discusses medical evaluations and follow-up information in case of cadmium exposure in the workplace.
What are the governing regulations? This online course satisfies the training requirements for the Cal/OSHA Title 8 CCR, Section 5207 General Industry, and Section 1532 Construction Industry Cadmium Standard.
Who must take this training? Any workers who are or will be exposed to cadmium at the action level of 2.5 micrograms of cadmium per cubic meter of air calculated as an 8-hour time-weighted average must be given cadmium exposure training. Training is required prior to or at the time of the initial work assignment, and at least annually after that. Employers must keep a record of certification for one year from the date of certification.
Case Study: Five men were working on the top of a tower to take apart a frame of girders. One man was the burner, and the other four were steel erectors. While working, the men decided to take apart the structure by melting the cadmium-plated nuts, bolts, and washers. They were unaware of the toxicity of the cadmium. None of the men were wearing respirators, and they were in an enclosed environment lacking in ventilation. One of the men died and the other four were admitted to the hospital with symptoms ranging from gastrointestinal discomfort to difficult respiration and insomnia.
Key Takeaways: Being aware of cadmium sources and having appropriate protective equipment and ventilation is key in protecting yourself from cadmium poisoning. If the area had been properly ventilated and if the men had been wearing protective clothing and respirators, those safety measures could have prevented one man's death and four others from getting ill.