Safety Diploma Course

OSHA Construction Silica Safety Training


This course presents an overview of the dangers of silica, specifically in construction. The course covers safe work procedures where workers are exposed to silica. The focus of this course is to familiarize you with practices that decrease the risk of exposure, and to offer best practices for mitigating the dangers of exposure to silica in construction.

Governing regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has determined the compliance and safety standards for silica in the workplace. These standards are referred to by OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1153. If you are located in one of the states with an OSHA-approved state plan, be sure to check the standards and enforcement policies that have been established in your state.

Course Overview

Welcome to the OSHA Construction Silica Safety Training Course. There are many situations in the construction industry that expose workers to silica. The controls needed to prevent workers from contracting silica-based illnesses are usually obvious and easily implemented, but they are often ignored or overlooked. Throughout this course, we will review the dangers associated with silica exposure in construction, and the safety standards and best practices that can help reduce these dangers.

Who Must Take this Course?

In the construction industry, common workplace operations involving cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing of concrete, brick, block, rock, and stone products; and operations using sand products (such as sand blasting), can result in the inhalation of small (respirable) crystalline silica particles in the air.

Course Format

Our Construction Silica Safety Training course consists of content, audio, graphics, self check questions and a final exam.
Upon successful completion each student will receive Hard copy of completion certificate and can print a wallet card

Continuing education credits?

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) for completing this course.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to OSHA Construction Silica Safety Training
    • History of Silica Regulatory Efforts in Construction
    • Key Provisions of the OSHA Regulations
    • More About the Permissible Exposure Limit
    • Standards Currently in Place
    • Injury Statistics
    • Key Terms
  • All About Crystalline Silica
    • Quartz and Cristobalite
    • How Are Workers Exposed to Silica?
    • Is Silica a Hazard in My Workplace?
    • Determining How Much Silica Is Present
    • Selecting a Laboratory
    • Implementing Controls
  • Silica-related Diseases
    • Stages of Silicosis
    • Chronic Silicosis
    • Accelerated Silicosis
    • Acute Silicosis
    • How Can You Determine If You Have Silicosis?
    • Medical Examinations
  • Controlling Silica Exposure in Construction
    • Hierarchy of Controls
    • What Can Workers Do to Limit Their Exposure?
    • Eliminate the Silica
    • Apply Controls
    • Be Educated
    • Be Silica-Savvy
    • Use Proper Hygiene
    • Leave Silica at Work
    • Use Proper Personal Protective Equipment
    • Use Proper Ventilation
    • Eliminate or Reduce the Risk of Silica Flour
  • Practical Applications for Controlling Silica
    • Hazard Reduction and Elimination
    • Overhead Protection with Safety Nets
    • Specifics of Overhead Protection
  • General Safety and Standards
    • Using Stationary Masonry Saws
    • Wet Cutting
    • Vacuum Dust Collection Systems
    • Ventilation Booths
    • Using Handheld Masonry Saws
    • Water
    • Local Exhaust Ventilation
    • Using Hand-Operated Grinders
    • Local Exhaust Ventilation System
    • Using Jackhammers
    • Using Vehicle-Mounted Rock Drilling Rigs
    • Maximize Dry Dust Collection
    • Maximize Wet Suppression
    • Use and Maintain Enclosed Cabs
    • Performing Drywall Finishing
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam