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Cal/OSHA Cotton Dust Safety Awareness

Cotton Dust Causes Damage To Lungs

Title 8 CCR, Section 5190 Online Training Certification Course

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This course presents an overview of the State of California regulations for cotton dust exposure, including its effects on the body; mode of exposure; and engineering, administrative, and work practice controls to limit exposure, including information on respirators. This course also discusses medical evaluations and follow-up information in case of cotton dust exposure in the workplace.

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What are the governing regulations?
This online course satisfies the training requirements for the Cal/OSHA Title 8 CCR, Section 5190 Cotton Dust Safety Standard.

Who must take this training?
The employer shall provide a training program for all employees in all workplaces within the scope of Section 5190(a) where cotton dust is present and shall assure that each employee in these workplaces is trained per this regulation.

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Case Study: In 1962, researchers noticed that people working with medical-grade cotton (that is, cotton that had been washed with alkali scour and bleach) experienced no byssinosis symptoms despite being exposed to high levels of cotton dust. On the other hand, twenty-five percent of workers exposed to similar levels of unwashed cotton experienced symptoms. Furthermore, workers exposed to medical-grade cotton were found to have no decrease in their breathing capacity, compared to a significant decrease in breathing capacity in those exposed to unwashed cotton, even when the amount of dust and the particle size remained the same. Shortly afterward, another study determined that the harmful substances in cotton dust are water soluble, suggesting that milder washing was also a possible means of reducing byssinosis. More severe forms of washing make it harder to process cotton into yarn, so it is not always possible to reduce exposure this way.

Key Takeaways: This research is the foundation of the exemption levels in 8 CCR 5190. It helped establish a minimum level of washing that could safely remove contaminants. It also helped build an understanding of why cotton dust is harmful, although scientists have yet to agree on what substance within cotton dust causes byssinosis.

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Specific topics covered in this course include:

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to Cotton Dust Safety Training
    • Key Terms
    • High Risk Jobs
    • Common Pulmonary Diseases
    • Symptoms and Health Effects of Exposure to Cotton Dust
    • Exposure Statistics
    • Applicable Regulations
    • Federal Regulations
    • Cal/OSHA Safety Orders
  • Employer Responsibilities
    • Exposure Levels
    • Dust Monitoring Devices
    • Initial Monitoring
    • Periodic Monitoring
    • Safety Program
    • Engineering Controls
    • Other Requirements
    • Training
    • Exemptions
  • Work Practices
    • Restrictions on Using Compressed Air for Cleaning
    • Other Requirements
    • Good Cleaning Practices
  • Respirators
    • Facial Attachments-Tight Fitting Coverings
    • Facial Attachments-Loose Fitting Coverings
    • Air Purifying Respirators
    • Powered Air Purifying Respirators
    • Supplied Air Respirators
    • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
    • Fit Testing
  • Medical Examinations
    • Initial Examination
    • Schilling's Byssinosis Classification
    • Spirometry
    • Further Examinations
    • Doctor's Opinion
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam
Click to Learn More Course format.

Our Cal/OSHA Cotton Dust Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check non-scored questions, and a final exam.

Click to Learn More How long is the course?

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.

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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 then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Click to Learn More How often is retraining or recertification required?

The training program shall be provided prior to initial assignment and shall be repeated at least annually for each employee exposed to cotton dust, when job assignments or work processes change and when employee performance indicates a need for retraining.

Click to Learn More How soon is the certificate of completion issued?

Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a Cal/OSHA Regulations Cotton Dust Safety Training printable certificate and wallet card.

Click to Learn More Continuing education credits?

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

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