1,3-Butadiene, also known simply as Butadiene, is a chemical made from the processing of petroleum. It is one of the higher volume chemicals produced in the U.S. It is a colorless gas with a mild gasoline-like odor that easily condenses to a liquid. It is used primarily to make synthetic rubber, which is widely used for the manufacture of tires and plastics. It is also used as a chemical intermediate in the production of different industrial chemicals.
Butadiene is irritating to the upper respiratory system, flammable, explosive when mixed with air, and carcinogenic. It is believed to be the most potent carcinogen in cigarette smoke. Acute exposure to low doses of BD may cause irritation to the eyes, throat, nose, and lungs. Acute exposure to high doses of BD may cause damage to the central nervous system or cause such symptoms as distorted blurred vision, vertigo, general tiredness, decreased blood pressure, headache, nausea, decreased pulse rate, and fainting. The EPA classifies BD as a known human carcinogen.
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
This fully narrated course is built for success, and includes interactions, exercises, and quiz questions intended to help prepare students for the final exam. Students must answer each quiz question and complete each interaction in order to proceed.
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.
The objective of this 1,3-Butadiene Awareness Online course is to provide a general awareness of the risks and the regulatory requirements for protecting employees who work with or around Butadiene, as required by OSHA.
The course will also introduce students to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations for Butadiene, Subpart Z, Toxic and Hazardous Substances - 29 CFR 1910.1051.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain what 1,3-Butadiene is;
- Identify where workers may encounter 1,3-Butadiene;
- Describe hazards and health effects of 1,3-Butadiene exposure;
- Understand OSHA’s 1,3-butadiene standard;
- Identify and describe OSHA methods of compliance to prevent 1,3-Butadiene exposure; and
- Understand medical surveillance and hazard communication requirements.
Employers must train each employee who is potentially exposed to BD at or above the action level or short-term exposure limit (STEL) in accordance with the requirements of the OSHA Standard.
Employers must institute a training program, ensure employee participation in the program, and maintain a record of the program’s contents.
Training must be provided prior to, or at the time of, initial assignment to a job potentially involving exposure to BD at or above the action level or STEL and at least annually thereafter and must be conducted in a manner that employees are able to understand.