What is Benzene?
Benzene is a colorless or light yellow liquid at room temperature. It has a sweet odor and is highly flammable. Benzene is widely used in the United States; it ranks in the top 20 chemicals for production volume. It is primarily used as a starting material in making other chemicals. Benzene is also a natural part of crude oil and gasoline.
Short-term exposure to high levels of benzene can cause drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, and even death. Long-term exposure may affect bone marrow and blood production. Benzene is known to cause cancer in humans.
About Benzene Awareness Training
Employers are required to provide employees with information and training at the time of their initial assignment to a work area where benzene is present.
If Benzene concentrations are above the action level, employees must be provided with information and training at least annually thereafter.
This training also addresses OSHA regulations and training requirements as they relate to benzene.
This course can be taken as initial training or as an annually required refresher course.
REHS Continuing Education Credits
Per the California Department of Public Health, Safety Unlimited, Inc. is authorized to offer 1 Contact Hour (0.1 CEUs) of Continuing Education (CE) for this program.
While these CE units are intended for Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS) in California, they are often transferred to other accrediting bodies. Please check with your specific agency for more details and to learn if your agency accepts this course for CE credit (Public Health Accreditation #044).
IACET Continuing Education Credits
Safety Unlimited, Inc. is authorized by IACET to offer 1 Contact Hour (0.1 CEUs) of Continuing Education (CE) for this program.
Safety Unlimited, Inc. (Provider #5660170-2) is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Safety Unlimited, Inc. complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, Safety Unlimited, Inc. is accredited to issue the IACET CEU. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Safety Unlimited, Inc. offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
About This Course
Following the completion of all training content and achievement of passing scores on all exams, students will need to complete a brief evaluation and confirm his/her identity. After doing so, the student will have access to the course completion certificate.
This course has one final exam based upon the material in the 3 course sections.
The exam consists of 10 questions selected at random from a larger pool of questions. A score of 70% or better is required to pass each exam. Students who do not pass the exam the first time may retake it as many times as necessary in order to pass.
In accordance with 29 CFR 1910.1028(j)(3) Information and Training, this Benzene Awareness Training provides a general awareness of the risks and regulatory requirements for protecting employees who work with benzene as required by OSHA.
The course will also introduce students to the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations for General Industry, Subpart Z, Toxic and Hazardous Substances - 29 CFR 1910.1028 (Benzene).
This training also meets the OSHA Construction Standard for Benzene, 29 CFR 1926.1128
Terminal Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain what benzene is;
- Identify where workers may encounter benzene;
- Identify hazards associated with benzene and benzene exposure;
- Identify sources of non-occupational exposure to benzene;
- Describe health effects of benzene exposure;
- Describe OSHA methods of compliance to prevent benzene exposure; and
- Use the Hierarchy of Controls to reduce or eliminate benzene hazards.
Workers must receive additional training, when required by OSHA standards, on the specific hazards of their job. Training Providers should be used to ensure credibility and augment a company’s training program. Therefore, in addition to the training provided by an outside party, a student should receive site-specific training supplied by their employer. This training should target the company’s unique approach to hazard prevention, including the use of site-specific equipment, health and safety policies, and emergency procedures. As a rule, this company-specific training should be well documented.