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Silica Safety online course

This course focuses on explaining the harmful effects of airborne respirable crystalline silica dust, Oregon-OSHA’s Silica requirements, and how to minimize or eliminate silica dust exposure. It is designed for employers and employees as they work toward improving their workplace safety.

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Module content

This module begins with a powerful video of one man’s experience of losing his father to a disease caused by exposure to silica dust. This module explains what silica is, its different forms, and some places it can be found.​​​​​

 Start​ module 1​​​​​​​​​​

This module provides a brief history of an incident occurring in the United States that led to broader public knowledge of the harmful effects of respirable crystalline silica dust, then dives into illnesses and diseases caused by exposure to that dust. Later, a 3D animated video demonstrates how silicosis starts and what damage the disease can do inside the body​​​​​

 Start​ module 2​​​​​​​​​​

This module is more specific with which common building materials contain silica and how much is present. It describes job activities commonly used with building materials that can cause crystalline silica dust to become airborne and respirable. It also has a video of one worker’s experience in brick work without proper protection and the toll it has taken on him and his family.​​​​​

 Start​ module 3​​​​​​​​​​

This module covers the essentials of the Oregon OSHA Silica standard and explains the rules in place to protect workers from the hazards of respirable crystalline silica dust. Included are instructional videos that show protective measures workers can take while using powered tools to reduce the silica dust exposure.​​​​​

 Start​ module 4​​​​​​​​​​

This module concludes the training course with a quiz, certificate of completion, and an optional survey to provide your input on the course, along with information on how to contact Oregon OSHA’s consultation services.​​​​​

 Start​ module 5​​​​​​​​​​

Videos in this course




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Resources

Silica topic page

Silica standard

Crystalline Silica: Specified Exposure Control Methods (Table 1)

Understanding Table 1

It’s Not Just Dust!


For Instructors

PowerPoint for instructors


Continuing Education

This course has been approved for CEUs.
Get details here.


​​​​​​​​​​​For questions or help

 Email used.web@dcbs.​oregon.gov

503-947-7443

Toll-free 888-292-5247, Option 2


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