The primary purpose of silica awareness training courses is to teach employees about the dangers of silica dust inhalation and the long-term effects of inhalation over time. The training materials provide suggestions for safe work practices employees can use to minimize the threat of inhaling respirable crystalline silica and prevent harmful exposure. These methods may include wet processes to keep dust from entering the air or exhaust systems that push silica dust away from employees.
The training course applies to employees who work in various construction fields, as silica dust can be generated by working with sand, stone, concrete, bricks and other common building materials.
- Identify OSHA’s new Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard found in Construction in 29 CFR 1926.1153 and its principal requirements.
- Explain what respirable crystalline silica is and the health hazards associated with it.
- Know the specific tasks in the workplace that could result in exposure to respirable crystalline silica.
- Know the types of control measures and respiratory protection for respirable crystalline silica.
- Recognize employer responsibilities and employee rights under the standard on respirable crystalline silica.