Working in very dusty conditions exposes workers to silica dust hazards. Respirable silica dust is invisible to the naked eye and can hang in the air or a very long time after work has finished. Larger, visible dust particles settle long before invisible dust particles do, which means workers can breathe in respirable dust even if it can’t be seen in the air.
This course provides training on dust suppression, reduction and prevention. It looks at air monitoring and personal protective equipment to protect workers from breathing in and absorbing silica dust.
The training challenges workers to think about dust build-up and contamination of other areas such as lunch-rooms, vehicles and their homes. The assessment focuses on control measures to reduce and manage silica dust.
At the completion of this course learners will:
- Learn how to apply the Safety Hierarchy of Controls to address workplace hazards.
- Learn the importance of wearing PPE and RPE when working in dusty conditions.
- Understand the importance of attaching local exhaust ventilation (LEV) systems when operating power tools to capture and extract dust.
- Learn how to reduce dust by using water suppression techniques.
- Learn the importance of regular housekeeping to reduce exposure to dust.
- Learn the importance of providing well-ventilated areas when working on tasks that create dust.
- Learn about the Permissible Exposure Limit for respirable crystalline silica and the need to monitor the air.
- Learn how to avoid transferring dust to other areas, and understand the need to regularly clean their PPE.
Course length: 20 mins (7 x 2-minute animated and subtitled videos + short answer assessments)
- Certificate of completion
- In-depth Reporting
- Facilitator’s Guide including video transcript and Assessment Q&A’s
- Optional pass rate
- All content can be customised
- Pause and resume function
Available in English.