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Construction Chemical Hazards & Toxic Substances

Online Training Certification Course

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This online training course's content is based on OSHA toxic substances regulations. It provides construction chemical hazards training in areas such as employer and employee responsibilities, health hazards from chemicals and toxic substances, and best practices to protect yourself from these hazards. The OSHA construction toxic substances course will also cover key safety practices, including ventilation, protective equipment, and hazard controls.

Construction sites may expose workers to many types of hazardous chemicals in the form of gases, vapors, fumes, dusts, or mists. This includes exposure to methylenedianiline (MDA), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), mercury, lead, and flame retardants, among others.

Signs of exposure may be immediate or delayed, sometimes for months or years. Many workers do not realize they were exposed to chemical hazards or toxic substances until much later when symptoms of toxic exposure develop. The consequences of exposure to construction toxic substances can be serious, life-threatening, and even fatal. Construction personnel must receive specialized chemical hazards training to understand these risks and how to prevent them.

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This OSHA chemical hazards training is designed for anyone who handles or uses toxic materials. Construction workers are frequently exposed to particularly dangerous chemicals like lead, asbestos, pesticides, solvents, and other hazardous substances. This safety training may help prevent serious injury in the workplace and save lives.

This online certification course covers OSHA chemical hazards and construction toxic substances training requirements.

Case Study: A 40-year-old painter complained that for the past six weeks, he had been experiencing abdominal cramps, nausea, joint pain, and mild mental impairment. He had previously been working on a structure using an industrial blowtorch and sander to remove paint. Some of the walls had 8 to 10 coats of paint and some were clearly very old. Although he had a new respirator, he did not wear it when other workmen were burning off or sanding in other rooms on the same floor. Additionally, he ate, drank, and smoked cigarettes in the same building. No measurements of atmospheric lead concentrations were made.Investigation by the patient's general practitioner showed a blood lead of 4.18 µmol l−1. He was treated and fully recovered.

Key Takeaway: An initial assessment should have been conducted to determine if lead was found in the paint. This would have established the need for respirator use and additional exposure controls. Work site procedures should have been in place to separate break areas from the contaminated work area.

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Governing Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor, is charged with the enforcement of safety and health conditions of workers through the use of regulations published in the Code of Federal Regulations. OSHA regulations are published in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Part 1910 is reserved for general industry standards while Part 1926 is designated for construction industry standards. This online toxic substances training course focuses on the chemical and toxic substances regulations found in Part 1926 for Construction Subparts D and Z; however, Part 1926 periodically references back to Part 1910 for General Industry.

The following OSHA regulations are applicable to chemical hazards and toxic substances in the construction industry:

  • 29 CFR 1926.55 - Gases, vapors, fumes, dusts, and mists
  • 29 CFR 1926.57 - Ventilation
  • 29 CFR 1926.59 - Hazard communication
  • 29 CFR 1926.60 - Methylenedianiline
  • 29 CFR 1926.62 - Lead
  • 29 CFR 1926.64 - Process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals
  • 29 CFR 1926 - Subpart Z - Toxic and hazardous substances

What You'll Learn

    Introduction to Chemical Hazards and Toxic Substances
  • Types of Health Hazards
  • Toxicology
  • Regulations
  • State Regulations
  • Key Terms
  • Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs)
  • Routes of Entry
  • Special Considerations for the Construction Industry
  • Responsibilities-Employers and Managers
  • Responsibilities-Employees
  • Competent Person
  • Training and Recordkeeping
    Hazard Awareness
  • Recognition of Health Hazards
  • Common Health Effects of Chemical Hazards
  • Employee Exposure and Medical Records
  • Hazard Monitoring
    Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)
  • Hazard Classification
  • Health Hazard Classes
  • Labels
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • Hazard Communication Program
    Exposure Controls
  • Elimination/Substitution
  • Engineering Controls
  • Administrative and Work Practice Controls
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Respirator Components
  • Types of Respirators
  • Respiratory Protection Program
    Construction Industry Chemicals and Toxic Substances
  • Gases
  • Gas Properties
  • Common Hazardous Gases
  • Vapors
  • Fumes
  • Dusts and Fibers
  • Silica
  • Mists
  • Asbestos
  • Asbestos Classification
  • Asbestos Employer Requirements
  • Lead
  • Lead Exposure Levels
  • Lead-Medical Surveillance
  • Hexavalent Chromium
  • Cadmium
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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 chemical hazards and toxic substances. Annual safety training ensures that employees have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform work safely. According to 29 CFR 1926.59, Hazard Communication, employees must receive information and training on hazardous chemicals at the time of their initial assignment and whenever a new chemical hazard is introduced to the work area. This online chemical hazards and toxic substances training meets these initial and refresher training recommendations.

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

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Construction Chemical Hazards & Toxic Substances

The course is very teachable. I learned a lot when it comes to certain chemicals. Hazard and how to avoid dangerous toxic.

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Construction Chemical Hazards & Toxic Substances

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