Silica exposure is a threat for approximately 2.3 million US workers and is especially dangerous for more than 100,000 workers who make up the nation's stonecutters, foundry workers, sandblasters, and rock drillers. Crystalline silica is classified as a human lung carcinogen and is known to cause respiratory diseases, including an especially damaging one – silicosis. Effective measures are available to protect workers from exposure and to reduce and prevent its potentially devastating health effects. It's important that employees recognize the potential hazards of silica exposure so they can protect themselves. This course covers hazard recognition, potential health threats, exposure prevention, and control. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology.
Employees who may be exposed to silica in the workplace
Expected Duration (hours)
identify crystalline silica when you encounter it in the workplace
identify the potential health threats associated with exposure to crystalline silica
identify how to use engineering and administrative controls and PPE to control exposure to crystalline silica