Silica in General Industry

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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, and is intended for employers and employees in general industry activities. The course was developed and reviewed with subject matter support provided by certified subject matter experts and industry professionals. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.


  • identify crystalline silica when you encounter it in the workplace
  • identify the symptoms of exposure to crystalline silica
  • identify how to use engineering and administrative controls and PPE to control exposure to crystalline silica


  • Recognizing Silica in the Workplace
  • Understand Silica's Impact on Your Health
  • Monitor and Control Silica Exposure