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OSHA Silica Safety

Online Training & Certification Course
General & Maritime Industry

Activities that can lead to silicosis, which makes a person more susceptible to infectious diseases of the lungs such as tuberculosis, include cement manufacturing, asphalt pavement manufacturing, jack hammering, rock and well drilling, concrete mixing, concrete drilling, brick and concrete block cutting and sawing, and sandblasting. Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable certificate and wallet card.

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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 construction and general industries.

Who must take this course?
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.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

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 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 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 Continuing education credits?

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

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 Course synopsis.

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.

Click to Learn More Course topics.

Specific topics covered in this course include:

  • Course Description
  • Course Approach
  • Course Layout
  • Introduction
    • Silica
    • Processes
    • Silicosis
    • Workplace Hazards
    • Material Hazards
    • Material Safety Data Sheets
    • Cyclone Filter
    • Choosing a Laboratory
    • Medical Examinations
    • Controlling Respirable Crystalline Silica
    • Respirators
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Work Practices
  • Abrasive Blasting, Surface Mining, and Masonry
    • Overview
    • Respirators
    • Control Measures
    • Personal Hygiene Practices
    • Permissible Exposure Limit (or PEL)
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.

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