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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has determined the compliance and safety standards for silica in the workplace. These standards are referred to by OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1153. If you are located in one of the states with an OSHA-approved state plan, be sure to check the standards and enforcement policies that have been established in your state.
Who must take this course?
In the construction industry, common workplace operations involving cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing of concrete, brick, block, rock, and stone products; and operations using sand products (such as sand blasting), can result in the inhalation of small (respirable) crystalline silica particles in the air.
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It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this Construction Silica Safety training 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.
Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable Construction Silica Safety training certificate and wallet card.
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.
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
Our Construction Silica Safety Training course consists of content, audio, graphics, self check questions and a final exam.
Welcome to the OSHA Construction Silica Safety Training Course. There are many situations in the construction industry that expose workers to silica. The controls needed to prevent workers from contracting silica-based illnesses are usually obvious and easily implemented, but they are often ignored or overlooked. Throughout this course, we will review the dangers associated with silica exposure in construction, and the safety standards and best practices that can help reduce these dangers.
Specific topics covered in this course include:
- About This Course
- Course Objectives
- Introduction to OSHA Construction Silica Safety Training
- History of Silica Regulatory Efforts in Construction
- Key Provisions of the OSHA Regulations
- More About the Permissible Exposure Limit
- Standards Currently in Place
- Injury Statistics
- Key Terms
- All About Crystalline Silica
- Quartz and Cristobalite
- How Are Workers Exposed to Silica?
- Is Silica a Hazard in My Workplace?
- Determining How Much Silica Is Present
- Selecting a Laboratory
- Implementing Controls
- Silica-related Diseases
- Stages of Silicosis
- Chronic Silicosis
- Accelerated Silicosis
- Acute Silicosis
- How Can You Determine If You Have Silicosis?
- Medical Examinations
- Controlling Silica Exposure in Construction
- Hierarchy of Controls
- What Can Workers Do to Limit Their Exposure?
- Eliminate the Silica
- Apply Controls
- Be Educated
- Be Silica-Savvy
- Use Proper Hygiene
- Leave Silica at Work
- Use Proper Personal Protective Equipment
- Use Proper Ventilation
- Eliminate or Reduce the Risk of Silica Flour
- Practical Applications for Controlling Silica
- Hazard Reduction and Elimination
- Overhead Protection with Safety Nets
- Specifics of Overhead Protection
- General Safety and Standards
- Using Stationary Masonry Saws
- Wet Cutting
- Vacuum Dust Collection Systems
- Ventilation Booths
- Using Handheld Masonry Saws
- Local Exhaust Ventilation
- Using Hand-Operated Grinders
- Local Exhaust Ventilation System
- Using Jackhammers
- Using Vehicle-Mounted Rock Drilling Rigs
- Maximize Dry Dust Collection
- Maximize Wet Suppression
- Use and Maintain Enclosed Cabs
- Performing Drywall Finishing
- Additional Resources
OSHA has not specified any time frame for required retraining or recertification for Silica Hazards & Silica Safety. Since there is no OSHA standard dealing with this specific hazard the OSH Act general duty clause, section 5(a)(1), 29 U.S.C. 654(b)(1) defines the standard which provides that:
(a) Each employer -
(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.
A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the employer's industry or industry in general, by the employer, or by common sense. The general duty clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard dealing with the hazard, unless the employer knows that the standard does not adequately address the hazard.
Therefore it is our recommendation that workers be retrained at least every three years.