Approximately two million construction workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in over 600,000 workplaces each year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, estimates that more than 840,000 of these workers are exposed to silica levels that exceed permissible exposure limits (PELs).
Exposure to respirable crystalline silica can cause silicosis, lung cancer, other respiratory diseases, and kidney disease.
Exposure to silica can occur during common construction tasks, such as using masonry saws, grinders, drills, jackhammers, handheld powered chipping tools, operating vehicle-mounted drilling rigs, milling, operating crushing machines, and using heavy equipment for demolition or certain other tasks.
NOTE - OSHA's regulations define construction work as "construction, alteration, and/or repair, including painting and decorating."
This course can be taken as initial training or refresher training as required by the employer.
Wallet ID Option
This training comes with an optional PVC ID card with an optional Photo Wallet ID for an additional $5.00 if selected at the time of enrollment. To do so, just select the course that is priced at $5. Adding this option later will cost an additional $10.00.
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Silica Awareness for Construction Online
Silica Awareness for Construction Online w/Wallet ID
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 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 course will also introduce students to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations for Construction, Subpart Z, Toxic and Hazardous Substances - 29 CFR 1926.1153.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Define what respirable crystalline silica is;
- Identify where respirable crystalline silica is encountered;
- Understand the definitions and the hazards associated with silica dust and silica dust exposure;
- Explain the different ways workers are exposed to silica dust;
- Describe the health effects of silica dust exposure;
- Explain the essentials of OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica Standard for Construction;
- Identify and describe OSHA methods of compliance to prevent silica dust exposure; and
- Explain how workers and employers can avoid silica dust hazards through engineering controls, work practices, and personal protective equipment.
Each employee covered by the Construction Standard must be trained to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of at least the following:
- The health hazards associated with exposure to respirable crystalline silica;
- Specific workplace tasks that could result in exposure;
- Specific measures the employer has implemented to protect employees from exposure, including engineering controls, work practices, and respirators to be used;
- The contents of the OSHA Standard;
- The identity of the competent person designated by the employer in accordance with the Standard; and
- The purpose and a description of the medical surveillance program required by the Standard.
Note – italicized items are to be conducted by the employer upon completion this training
Additionally, 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.