Crystalline Silica Awareness

 

10830NAT Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention Training

Exposure to crystalline silica, a dangerous substance in high doses, is an inherent occupational risk for many workers.

At Leading Safety Training, we provide a certified course committed to raising awareness about the dangers of being exposed to crystalline silica. The course outlines how to plan and implement safe work systems that are aimed at reducing the exposure of silica to workers within legislated exposure limits.

From building and construction workers, jewellery industry workers, and even do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiasts, having an awareness of crystalline silica and how to minimise exposure to this substance is a key to operating in a safe environment.

Leading Safety Training’s course benefits not just attendees but also their workplaces, as they will be able to identify and apply their knowledge within the contexts of their job following successful completion of the course.

When it comes to safe working conditions, nothing is more important for workers. Our goal at Leading Safety Training is to provide industry-leading education that informs thoughtful workplace decisions. All courses provided by us are developed in line with standards laid out by relevant bodies and are taught by professionals in the field. The course in Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention is delivered face to face over a 4-hour block and is available for students in both NSW and the ACT.

The Leading Course in Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention

Leading Safety Training’s course is comprehensive in its scope. Our team are determined to improve the awareness about silica and best practices when it comes to keeping workers safe. Our course is relevant and engaging for both workers and PCBUs, to ensure everyone leaves with a better understanding of how to manage these worksite risks. The course will include relevant case studies and practical onsite training exercises. The general course outline is as follows:

"" Identification of crystalline silica-containing products

"" The consequences, hazards, and risks to health due to exposure

"" Safety Data Sheets

"" Systems for prevention of exposure

"" The applicable legislation, guidelines, and standards

"" Exposure standards

"" Hierarchy of Controls

"" Risk assessments and hazard prevention

Importance Of Silica Exposure Prevention 

Silica is short for silicon dioxide, which is a naturally occurring and widely abundant mineral that forms the major component of most rocks and soils. Silicon dioxide comes in both crystalline and non-crystalline forms of silicon dioxide. The most abundantly found type of crystalline silica in Australia is quartz. Different rocks and rock products will contain varying amounts of silica.

Crystalline silica can be found in sand, stone, concrete and mortar, all common construction materials. It is also used to make a variety of products, including composite stone used to produce kitchen and bathroom benchtops, as well as tiles, bricks, and some plastics. Workers that cut, drill, polish, grind, crush, or saw materials that contain silica, will generate dust particles that cause serious harm.

The dust particles generated by these actions cause harm when they are inhaled by workers or bystanders. Prolonged exposure to the dust leads to many severe health conditions, including silicosis.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the course in crystalline silica exposure prevention for?

Leading Safety Training’s course in crystalline silica exposure prevention is for anyone looking to learn more about silica and how best to manage exposure on a worksite. PCBUs, in particular, will benefit from the course. Under national SafeWork guidelines, PCBUs have specific duties when it comes to managing the risks to worker health and safety for actions involving the generation of silica. PCBUs also have additional responsibilities to guarantee the workplace exposure standard to crystalline silica is never exceeded and constant monitoring of worker health is completed.

Leading Safety Training operates this course according to Nationally Recognised Training guidelines, and we are a registered training organisation.

 

Are there any entry requirements?

For entry into this course, participants must have a basic grasp of the English language, including literacy and numeracy levels, to read and understand the provided documents as part of the course. Documents are related to the proper fitting of attachments for machinery and the application of PPE to prevent the effects of silica exposure.

 

Is this course mandatory? 

This course is made mandatory in the ACT and because it is nationally accredited, it should be the course of choice in other States and Territories. It provides invaluable advice surrounding crystalline silica exposure prevention that will help keep workers safe on the worksite. Completing the course can also help reduce costs with workplace insurance and encourage productivity through safe work.

Awareness training contributes to compliance with the Australian WHS Act. In this Act, PCBUs are required to implement steps to manage the health and safety of workers when it comes to exposure to silica.

 

Can I take the course online?

Due to the practical nature of the learning outcomes, the course is delivered face-to-face and will last just four hours. Speak with a member of the Leading Safety Training team to find out more.

 

For more information contact us on 02 4382 3055 or email info@coastalohs.com.

This course is nationally recognized and delivered by our parent company Coastal OHS Services Pty Ltd, RTO 91577