This course will provide basic information regarding OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica construction standard 1926.1153. In addition, it will provide the person taking this course with the information needed to perform the duties of the competent person as required in this standard. According to OSHA 1926.1153(g)(4) the employer shall designate a competent person to make frequent and regular inspections of job sites, materials, and equipment to implement the written exposure control plan.
According to OSHA about two million construction workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in over 600,000 workplaces. Exposure to respirable crystalline silica can cause silicosis, lung cancer, other respiratory diseases, and kidney disease. Exposure can occur during common construction tasks such as using masonry saws, grinders, drills, jackhammers and handheld powered chipping tools; operating vehicle-mounted drilling rigs; milling; operating crushing machines; and using heavy equipment for demolition or certain other tasks. This construction standard went into effect on September 23, 2017.
What you will learn
The content of 1926.1153 and its appendices; the specific nature of operations that could lead to silica exposure above the action and permissible exposure level; health effects, respirator requirements; medical surveillance program; and written exposure control plan.
15 min - Registration & Introduction
1.5 hours - Health Hazards Associated with Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica – Cancer and lung, immune system and kidney effects.
30 minutes - Respirator Requirements
15 minute - Break
1 hour - OSHA’s Table 1 Specified Exposure Control Methods & Exposure Assessment
15 minutes - Medical Surveillance Program Requirement
30 minutes - Written Exposure Control Plan
1 hour - Writing Exposure Control Plans & Inspection Techniques
1 hour - Alternative Methods - Objective Data
15 minute break
45 minutes - Alternative Methods - Scheduled Monitoring
1 Hour - Personal Air Sampling & Laboratory Analysis