Our silica dust awareness training course will teach you everything you need to know about silica and respirable crystalline silica dust.
The course will identify some of the common construction tasks and health hazards associated with exposure of silica dust, as well as the control measures that are typically used by employers to protect their workers.
Silica is a naturally occurring substance which is found in rock, clay, and sand, in varying amounts. Granite contains somewhere between 15-30% silica, whereas sandstone can contain upwards of 70%. Due to its natural abundance in these materials, silica is one of the main components for concrete, mortar, bricks and tiles.
Silica-based dust is generated easily from many construction tasks. Any activity that includes drilling, grinding, polishing and cutting will create respirable dust. Respirable crystalline silica is too fine to be seen with the naked eye. This fine silica dust is able to get deep inside the lungs, which is why itâs so problematic.
Silica exposure is the second biggest risk to construction workers health, after asbestos.
The main dust-related health effects are:
* Lung cancer
* Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)