Silica Awareness Training – [Complete Video Course Kit]
Looking for silica training for your workers? If your employees are exposed to silica in their work environment, you must train them on the OSHA Silica Standard. This silica safety training video will help educate your employees on the dangers of silica inhalation and exposure and how to protect themselves while at work. Whether they work on construction sites or are just general industry employees, if they are exposed to silica, then they need this Silica Awareness Training Course.
This Silica Awareness Training Will Cover Several Important Topics Including:
- What is crystalline silica? (A mineral found in materials used in construction, mining, and manufacturing)
- What is silica dust, and why must workers protect themselves from inhaling it? (when the dust is breathable, it is called “respirable crystalline silica dust,” and it can create health hazards)
- Where is silica commonly found? (Soil, sand, stone, building materials, concrete, brick, cinderblock, and roofing materials)
- What are the dangers of respirable silica? (respirable crystalline silica dust occurs when rocks, stone, concrete, and more are chipped, sawn, drilled, or ground)
Covered Health Hazards of Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust:
- What is silicosis, and what are the symptoms of the disease? (this is scarring of the tissue in the lungs. Symptoms include fatigue, weight loss, shortness of breath, and chest pains)
- What health hazards do crystalline silica present to employees? (Since crystalline silica is a carcinogen, health problems such as lung cancer, kidney disease, a depressed immune system, and other serious health problems are all possible)
- How to determine how much silica exposure is on the job site?
- What are some occupations that face high levels of crystalline silica exposure? (Occupations such as sandblasters, foundry workers, stone cutters, rock drillers, fracking workers, and ready-mix cement plant workers all face increased exposure to crystalline silica.
OSHA Regulations on Crystalline Silica:
- Why did OSHA create the Silica Standards for General Industry and Construction? (they created this to protect workers exposed to crystalline silica and to set limits on how much an employee can be exposed to. Also, the OSHA regulations put in place policies and procedures that employers must follow to protect workers from silica dust.
- What is the OSHA “maximum daily limit” for exposure to silica dust? (The “Permissible Exposure Limit” or PEL is set by OSHA’s regulations at 50 micrograms of respirable silica per cubic meter of air over an 8-hour shift)
- What is a crystalline silica “action level” or threshold, and how is it used?
- How to make your silica awareness training part of your hazard communication training
- What to do if the silica dust in the workplace exceeds the OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit or PEL?
- How to create a control system to reduce exposure to silica dust
- How to use “Table 1” of the OSHA Construction Standards for an alternative approach to protecting workers from respirable crystalline silica dust
Silica Safety Training Additional Topics Discussed:
- What is a silica “Exposure Control Plan,” and how to implement one at your facility(this document explains what silica hazards are present in the workplace and explains how that exposure assessment can use control measures to lessen exposure
- What engineering and administrative controls can be used to reduce silica exposure?
- What Personal Protective Equipment or PPE is available to protect from silica exposure? (Respiratory protection, gloves, goggles, face shields, and more all play a role in both minimizing exposure and also construction occupational safety in general)
- How to use and inspect respirators to reduce silica exposure
- What are the things you need to ensure your employees are trained on? (In addition to the standard silica awareness training, you also need to educate your workers on the details of OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard, employee exposure, occupation safety, protective measures that can be taken regarding crystalline silica, respiratory protection, and general safe work practices)
Silica Training Course Additional Topics:
- When should workers consider using a HEPA filter to clean up silica dust?
- What is the OSHA requirement for Medical Surveillance regarding silica on the job?
- What is a “competent person,” and what is their role in workplace safety, silica awareness training, and implementing the respirable crystalline silica standard at the job site?
- What records must employers keep as part of their silica control plan?
- and much more…
If your workers are in any way exposed to silica while they work, then this silica awareness training video is a good complement to your existing general safety program. It will teach workers all about the OSHA Silica Standard and, more importantly, how to protect themselves while doing their jobs. This crystalline silica awareness course will help keep your employees safe and help ensure that you are meeting your compliance and Regulatory Standards from OSHA about crystalline silica.
Crystalline Silica Awareness Training – Course Delivery Options:
At just over 16 minutes, this Silica Training Course is available in English or Spanish and in either DVD or USB Stick format. We also offer the Silica Awareness Training online as a standalone training course or as part of a larger safety training library (which includes 170+ construction industry and general industry courses).
This Complete Silica Awareness Training Course Includes These Items:
- Full-length Silica Awareness Training video
- Employee quiz and answer sheet
- A “Presenter’s Guide” if you are going to do this training in person
- A printable training sign-in sheet to keep track of your training program
- A printable Course Completion Certificate. You can print as many copies of the Certificate as you need
Silica Training Video – Full Length Preview:
FAQs on Silica Awareness Training
Answered by our in-house OSHA Authorized Trainer – Jason Hessom
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For silica dust, the primary PPE is respirators such as N95, N99, or N100 respirators, or even more advanced types such as half-face or full-face respirators. Of course, all respirators should be properly fit-tested and maintained to provide the necessary protection.
Is silica dust worse than asbestos?
Both substances harm workers depending on how long the exposure is and what amount is inhaled. You can’t say asbestos is worse than silica or vice versa. They both require employees to protect themselves and employers to provide engineering and administrative controls to reduce exposure.
All of our training videos include the following additional resources:
1) A Leader’s Guide
The person giving the training can use the Guide to help facilitate the training and provide additional verbal support to the video. It also includes a sample outline for the training session along with the highlights of the course.
2) An Employee Quiz
Important to be able to test your trainees to make sure they understand and comprehend the training course they just watched. This is also good for employer documentation for safety training of employees.
3) Answer Key to the Quiz
Ensures the questions are being answered correctly.
4) An Attendance Sheet
Allows you to keep track of who was trained, when the training occurred, who was the instructor, etc. Excellent documentation to prove your training requirements are in order.
5) A Printable “Certificate of Completion”
Allows you to give one to each employee who attends the safety training session. Can also be kept in an employee file for training documentation.
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