Silica Awareness Training & Certification
Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and Canada.
We Offer Three Types of Silica Awareness Safety Trainings
Our regulation-aligned Silica Awareness certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.
Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.Purchase Options
The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.Purchase Options
Train the Trainer
Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.Purchase Options
What’s in the Silica Awareness Training Course?
Our Silica Awareness training course is built to regulation standards. It is better to be clear and concise about what the training actually has. So, we can end this section instead saying “and personal protective equipment (PPE).
This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam.
Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, provincial, territorial, and local standards, this training encompasses the following standards for silica:
Silica Awareness Certification Standards
Train the Trainer Certification
The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.
Why Do I Need Silica Awareness Safety Training?
OSHA doesn’t have a specific standard for silica training. However, under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are required to provide a workplace that “is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.”
Because of this requirement, employers have a legal and ethical obligation to develop and maintain a workplace that is free from hazards associated with silica. Employees have the right to work in an atmosphere that promotes the safety and well-being of all.
Stay Informed On All Things Silica Awareness
Did You Know?
The Earth’s crust is made up of 27% silicon. (Source: Soft School).
Silica exposure is a significant danger to 2 million U.S. workers. (Source: OSHA).
When silica dust enters the lungs, it creates scar tissue and makes it more difficult for the lungs to take in oxygen. (Source: OSHA).
Frequently Asked Questions
What is silica dust?
The official name is “respirable crystalline silica” and it’s small, airborne particles of rock that you can inhale if you’re not careful.
How does silica dust hurt people?
When silica dust gets into your lungs it will eventually cause scarring and stiffening of lung tissues called silicosis. It can also lead to lung cancer, kidney disease, and COPD.
What causes silica dust?
Drilling or cutting materials that contain crystalline silica puts those particles into the air. Materials that contain silica are sand, stone (rock), concrete, tiles, bricks, gravel, clay, mortar, and some plastics.