Crystalline Silica for Construction

Workers who are exposed to respirable crystalline silica dust are at increased risk of developing serious silica-related diseases. OSHA’s standard requires employers to take steps to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

This course is designed to educate workers on how to protect themselves from the dangers of crystalline silica dust.

Standard(s) covered: 1926.1153 - Subpart Z

Attendees will be able to:
• Recognize workplace tasks that could result in exposure to crystalline silica
• Identify health hazards caused by exposure to crystalline silica
• Recall the various methods of communicating crystalline silica hazards: labels, safety data sheets, and signs
• Apply exposure control measures to protect workers from the effects of crystalline silica dust
• Discuss the role a competent person plays in crystalline silica exposure control
• Explain the purpose of OSHA's required medical surveillance program

Crystalline Silica for Construction covers the following topics:

Introduction to Crystalline Silica
• What is Crystalline Silica?
• Occupational Exposure
• Health Hazards
• Hazard Communication

Exposure Control
• Specific Exposure Control Method: Table 1
• Alternative Exposure Control Methods
   ➔Exposure Assessment
   ➔Methods of Compliance
• Respiratory Protection
• Housekeeping
• Written Exposure Control Plan

Medical Surveillance
• What is the Purpose?
• Examinations
• Medical Report
• Medical Opinion