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Construction Silica Safety

Online Training Certification Course

29 CFR 1926.1153

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Crystalline silica is found in many common materials and products, such as sand, stone, mortar, concrete, and bricks. While it is an important construction material, silica exposure also puts workers at risk of inhaling small respirable crystalline silica particles in the air, known as silica dust. Workers may inhale silica dust during common workplace operations involving cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing of silica-based materials.

This silica awareness course presents an overview of the controls needed to prevent workers from contracting silica-based illnesses. Safety training topics include hazard communication standards, applicable regulations, and best practices to reduce the dangers of exposure to silica in construction work.

This course is for:
This silica certification course is designed for anyone who works in or around common workplace operations that can result in inhalation of silica dust. This includes, but is not limited to, operations using sand products (such as sand blasting), as well as operations involving cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing of concrete, brick, block, rock, and stone products. Safety training may help prevent serious injury in the workplace and save lives.

This online certification course meets the requirements set forth by OSHA for construction silica training.

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Case Study: A 55-year-old man had worked for 30 years as a building renovation mason when he was diagnosed with silicosis in 1994. He was able to continue working after he was diagnosed. For 25 years, this worker used an air-supplied respirator while sandblasting. Sand was the usual abrasive. He was involved in sandblasting as many as 12 times per year. Sometimes, the mason used a handheld masonry saw with no water flowing onto the blade, although he usually wore a disposable particulate filter respirator.

Key Takeaways: Sandblasting is the most common cause of silica-related diseases. Special care must be taken when performing this type of work.

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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 1926 is designated for construction industry standards, and compliance and safety standards for silica in the workplace are found in OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1153.

What You'll Learn

    Introduction to OSHA Construction Silica Safety Training
  • History of Silica Regulatory Efforts in Construction
  • Key Provisions of the OSHA Regulations
  • Monitoring
  • Exposure Assessment
  • 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
  • Water
  • 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
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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 hazards such as respirable crystalline silica.

To ensure compliance with OSHA silica training, safety training must be conducted regularly to ensure that each employee can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of silica hazards and safety per 29 CFR 1926.1153. This silica dust training course meets these training requirements.

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

Anselmo A Verified
Construction Silica Safety

Good experience

Patrick R Verified
Construction Silica Safety

Very important to learn about silica, not only for construction workers but for passer byes as well. Thank you for the new knowledge n ill be looking forward to living a longer silica free life now!! thank you very very mich

Mark L Verified
Construction Silica Safety

This course was very informative. I learned a lot of valuable information.

Matthew P Verified
Construction Silica Safety

This was an excellent course it was interesting and provided detailed information in the prevention of disease and death

Wilian C Verified
Construction Silica Safety

Very good information

Joshua R Verified
Construction Silica Safety

Course was very user friendly

Stan S Verified
Construction Silica Safety

well designed course

Ivan R Verified
Construction Silica Safety

Lo mejor

Luis V Verified
Construction Silica Safety

Aprendí un poco sobre la silicosis

Pablo P Verified
Construction Silica Safety

Great info , first I thought it was a waste of my money but then realized what's the dangers we go trough everyday without knowing.

Roland F Verified
Construction Silica Safety

Very good course. It has a lot of information that will help me in the work field. Thank you for this helpful information

Andre C Verified
Construction Silica Safety

Good information and like that it's reads to you

Jose G Verified
Construction Silica Safety

It's an excellent course very enjoyable

Christian M Verified
Construction Silica Safety

I think that this course is very informative. I learned a lot about the dangers of crystalline silica and the diseases that can result from exposure to this material.

Carlos V Verified
Construction Silica Safety

considero que es un curso muy eficiente y valioso para mejorar, protejer y consientizar la salud de los trabajadores...

Heladio H Verified
Construction Silica Safety

una experiencia unica que me servira para mi seguridad

Robert T Verified
Construction Silica Safety

This course was very informative and will help when i am placed in certain work exposure situations.

Jorge F Verified
Construction Silica Safety

the understanding of each safety precautions to avoid, and the things to do, to keep one self living a longer healthily life. knowledge is key

Christian S Verified
Construction Silica Safety

Great course! Brief and engaging! Very informative

Daryl M Verified
Construction Silica Safety

I'm Very Afraid for my life, But I am more Knowledgeable...

Paul S Verified
Construction Silica Safety

Love it.

Brady S Verified
Construction Silica Safety

Absolutely very useful information and key safety tips for working around silica.

Robert G Verified
Construction Silica Safety

Well put together, I actually enjoyed doing my course this way. I was able to review the material without feeling as though I were being a nuisance in the classroom setting. Thanks.

Mackenzie C Verified
Construction Silica Safety

This was a great, informative program.

Brian D Verified
Construction Silica Safety

Thank you for this class and raising awareness to me about Silica Exposure.

John D Verified
Construction Silica Safety

Completely satisfied.



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