Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in stone, artificial stone, and sand. When workers cut, grind, drill, or blast materials that contain crystalline silica or use industrial sand, they can be exposed to very small silica dust particles. These tiny particles can travel deep into the lungs and cause silicosis, an incurable and sometimes deadly lung disease.
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 4 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 Silica Awareness for General Industry and Maritime online course is to provide a general awareness of the risks and the regulatory requirements for protecting employees who work with substances and materials that are liable to expose employees to respirable crystalline silica, as required by OSHA.
In addition the course will also introduce students to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations for Silica in General Industry and Maritime, Subpart Z, Toxic and Hazardous Substances - 29 CFR 1910.1053.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Define respirable crystalline silica;
- 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 General Industry Standard for respirable crystalline silica;
- 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 Silica General Industry and Maritime 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;
- The contents of the OSHA Standard;
- The purpose and a description of the medical surveillance program required by the Standard;
- Specific measures the employer has implemented to protect employees from exposure, including engineering controls, work practices, and respirators to be used and;
- The identity of the competent person designated by the employer in accordance with the Standard.
Note – italicized items are to be conducted by the employer upon completion this training
Workers must receive 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.