OSHA Silica Standard: Gaining the Skills and Capabilities to Comply

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OSHA Silica Standard: Gaining the Skills and Capabilities to Comply

Course Description

Stay up-to-date on OSHA’s new 2016 Silica Standard for general industry, construction, and maritime. This course provides a comprehensive review of the new OSHA regulation, training on the health effects of silica exposure, and focus on practical steps companies can take to protect workers from the hazards of silica exposure. You will learn how to properly implement assessment methods for measuring worker exposure to silica dust, establish an appropriate dust control and respiratory protection program, and navigate the medical surveillance requirements of the standards. The facilitated and interactive training included in this course provides you with the knowledge you need to both ensure the effectiveness of your company’s silica compliance program and to understand the requirements and responsibilities of a silica “competent person.”

Course Content


  • Historical perspective on health hazards of silica and development of the OSHA regulation
  • Definition of health effects and illnesses associated with silica exposure


  • Discussion of the requirements of the regulation
  • Identification of exposure assessment methods


  • Use of OSHA’s hierarchy of control for control strategies
  • Review of current dust suppression techniques and work practice control methodologies


  • Expectations regarding jobsite evaluation and inspection
  • Development and implementation of the exposure control plan


  • Respiratory protection selection criteria
  • Components of compliance with OSHA’s respiratory protection standard
  • Threshold criteria used for inclusion in the medical surveillance program
Requirements & Materials
Important Information

Are you approved for VA Education Benefits?  The certificate program associated with this course, if offered in classrom format and on the Atlanta campus only, is approved for VA Education Benefits. Courses delivered in an online format or outside the Atlanta campus are not eligible for VA benefits. Details and eligible programs can be viewed from this link.

Session Details

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for employers and employees who work with materials containing silica and have responsibilities for implementing a silica exposure control plan at their worksite.

OSHA professionals working on jobsite

What You Will Learn

  • Requirements of OSHA’s silica standard
  • Silica exposure health effects
  • Silica exposure control planning
  • Air-sampling strategies and methods for measuring silica exposure
  • Respiratory protection requirements
Occupational safety and health professionals collaborating on job site

How You Will Benefit

  • Identify the sources of crystalline silica exposure in your work environment.
  • Differentiate between the various health effects of silica overexposure, including the signs and symptoms of exposure, and the diseases associated with silica.
  • Outline the major options for making a determination if silica is present.
  • Evaluate the various engineering control measures used to reduce exposure to silica.
  • Analyze exposure-monitoring results to determine the appropriate respiratory protection needed for each task.
  • Construct a silica exposure control program.
  • Develop the skills needed to be a silica competent person on a jobsite.
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- Rodrigues "Rocky" Smith
Safety Manager


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