Safety Diploma Course

Cal/OSHA Training Certification


This course covers all aspects of the State of California regulations for cotton dust exposure, which includes health impacts to workers; various possibilities of exposure and work practice; and administrative and engineering controls such as respirators to reduce the exposure to permissible limit. The online course also deals with medical evaluations, emergency actions and follow-up details in case of cotton dust exposure in the workplaces.

Governing regulations

This training program has been formulated as per the regulations laid down by Cal/OSHA Title 8 CCR, Section 5190 Cotton Dust Safety Standard.

Course Overview

Cotton dust is an odorless and colorless substance that commonly occurs when workers deal with large amount of raw and partially treated cotton. Unprotected workers who are exposed to large amount of cotton dust are at risk of getting various lung ailments which include byssinosis, a disabling lung disease also known as “brown lung”. With proper preventive measures and awareness on its health impacts, cotton dust exposure can be contained to a large extent. Companies following standard safety protocols can able to provide congenial, safe and risk-free environment for workers who are exposed to large quantity of cotton dust daily. This course is specially made to address the importance following California safety standards regarding cotton dust inhalation.

Who Must Take this Course?

All the workplaces which come under the scope of Section 5190(a) where workers are exposed to large amount of cotton dust should be trained as per the regulations to deal with the cotton dust effectively by following various safe practices and safety standards.

Course Format

Our Cal/OSHA Cotton Dust Safety Training course is packed with high-quality and custom-made content for workers along with self-explanatory graphical and audio presentations and a self-check question bank for better preparations for the final exam.

Students who complete the course successfully are provided with a hard copy of the completion certificate along with a printable wallet card.

Continuing education credits?

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

Topics Covered

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to Cotton Dust Safety Training
    • Key Terms
    • High Risk Jobs
    • Common Pulmonary Diseases
    • Symptoms and Health Effects of Exposure to Cotton Dust
    • Exposure Statistics
    • Applicable Regulations
    • Federal Regulations
    • Cal/OSHA Safety Orders
  • Employer Responsibilities
    • Exposure Levels
    • Dust Monitoring Devices
    • Initial Monitoring
    • Periodic Monitoring
    • Safety Program
    • Engineering Controls
    • Other Requirements
    • Training
    • Exemptions
  • Work Practices
    • Restrictions on Using Compressed Air for Cleaning
    • Other Requirements
    • Good Cleaning Practices
  • Respirators
    • Facial Attachments-Tight Fitting Coverings
    • Facial Attachments-Loose Fitting Coverings
    • Air Purifying Respirators
    • Powered Air Purifying Respirators
    • Supplied Air Respirators
    • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
    • Fit Testing
  • Medical Examinations
    • Initial Examination
    • Schilling’s Byssinosis Classification
    • Spirometry
    • Further Examinations
    • Doctor’s Opinion
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam