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OSHA Silica Safety

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Online Training Certification Course General & Maritime Industry

from the highest rated and most trusted online training company - since 2008.

This course is designed to assist employers and employees in understanding the standards set forth in 29 CFR § 1910 which covers the steps to working safely where exposure to silica is likely, in both the maritime and general industry.

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$29.95 per student   (21+)

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What are the governing regulations?
According to OSHA:

"Employers are required to provide and assure the use of appropriate controls for crystalline silica-containing dust."

This course will help you comply with the OSHA standard on respirable crystalline silica in both the maritime and general industries.

Who must take this training?
General Industry:
According to OSHA 29 CFR § 1910.9(b): ...The employer must train each affected employee in the manner required by the standard, and each failure to train an employee may be considered a separate violation.

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Click to Learn More What are the consequences of not training?

Case Study: Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a fairly new procedure that was not widely in use before 1971, when the last Permissible Exposure Limits - PELs - for silica exposure were adopted. In a recent study, NIOSH collected 116 full-shift air samples at 11 hydraulic fracturing sites in five states to determine the levels of worker exposure to silica. The samples collected showed the following worker exposures to silica:
47 percent of the workers with silica exposure greater than the existing PEL
79 percent of the workers with silica exposure greater than the new PEL rule
9 percent of the workers with silica exposure more than 10 times the existing PEL
31 percent of the workers with silica exposure more than 10 times the new PEL rule

Key Takeaway: With new practices and procedures in use in the workplace, a new and updated rule was definitely needed to provide workers with greater protection and controls.

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Specific topics covered in this course include:

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to OSHA General Industry and Maritime Silica Safety Training
    • Key Terms
    • What Is Crystalline Silica
    • Quartz and Cristobalite
    • Where and how are Workers Exposed to Silica in the General Industry and Maritime Sectors?
    • Silica Exposure in Abrasive Blasting
    • Silica Exposure in Dental Laboratories
    • Silica Exposure in the Railroad Industry
    • Silica Exposure in Foundries
    • Silica Exposure in Jewelry Making
    • Silica Exposure in Oil and Gas Extraction
    • Silica Exposure in Glass Manufacturing
    • Statistics Regarding Exposure in the General Industry and Maritime Sectors
  • Silica-related Diseases
    • Stages of Silicosis
    • Chronic Silicosis
    • Accelerated Silicosis
    • Acute Silicosis
    • How Can You Determine If You Have Silicosis?
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    • Kidney Disease
  • Silica-related Regulations
    • History of Silica Regulatory Efforts
    • Key Provisions of the OSHA Regulations
    • Monitoring
    • Exposure Assessment
    • More about the PEL
    • Standards Currently in Place
    • Injury Statistics
    • Overview of the New Crystalline Silica Rule
    • The New Rule and Standard Requirements
    • Compliance Dates and Exceptions
  • Controlling Silica Exposure in the General Industry and Maritime Sectors
    • Is Silica a Hazard in My Workplace?
    • Determining How Much Silica Is Present
    • Selecting a Laboratory
    • What Can Employers Do to Reduce Exposure Levels?
    • Hierarchy of Controls
    • Eliminate the Silica
    • Apply Controls
    • Be Educated
    • Be Silica-Savvy
    • Use Proper Hygiene
    • Leave Silica at Work
    • Use Proper PPE
    • Use Proper Ventilation
    • Eliminate or Reduce the Risk of Silica Flour
    • Dust Control Methods in the General Industry and Maritime Sectors
    • Wet Methods-Water
    • Wet Cutting
    • Maximize Wet Suppression
    • Vacuum Dust Collection Systems
    • Maximize Dry Dust Collection
    • Ventilation
    • Local Exhaust Ventilation System
    • Enclosures
    • Abrasive Blasting in Shipyards
    • Types of Abrasives Used in Shipyards
    • Abrasive Blasting Safety Measures
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam
Click to Learn More Course format.

Our OSHA Silica Hazards & Silica Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Click to Learn More How long is this course?

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online silica safety 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.

Click to Learn More How long do I have to complete this course?

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?

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.

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

Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a OSHA Silica Hazards & Safety for the General and Maritime Industries 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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