Resource Review: Working Safely with Silica (ESH 0366)

This online document is designed for workers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who belong to a work Planning and Control (WPC) activity that lists silica as a hazard. This means the worker has the potential to create or disturb silica dust. The course is intended for carpenters, labors, painters, and plumbers.

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The following topical areas are included:

  • What is respirable crystalline silica
  • Health hazards associated with exposure to respirable crystalline silica
  • Identifying if a product being used contains silica or not
  • Common medical conditions associated with breathing silica dust
  • Specific work tasks that could expose a worker to respirable crystalline silica if the necessary precautions were not taken
  • Specific measures that LBNL has implemented to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica
  • Medical surveillance program at LBNL as it relates to respirable crystalline silica exposure
  • Working safely with silica by choosing the appropriate tolls and PPE
  • Identify the competent person
  • Protecting others by appropriately establishing regulated areas, including posting appropriate signs
  • Appropriate methods to clean up worksites of any remaining silica dust

Embedded in the training is a, OSHA sponsored YouTube video called “Stop Silcosis.”

You must pass all challenges to pass the course at LBNL.


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