Silica Dust Instructor Training

Crystalline silica is widely found in nature. Occupational exposure to crystalline silica dust occurs in many industries including: quarrying, mining, mineral processing (e.g. drying, grinding, bagging and handling) slate working, stone crushing and dressing, foundry work, brick and tile making, some refractory processes, construction and demolition work, including work with stone, concrete, brick and some insulation boards, tunnelling, building restoration, pottery and ceramic industries. Basically where concrete, stone or sand based materials are used, there is a potential for exposure to crystalline silica dust.

Module 1

  • Legislation,
  • Statistics
  • What is Silica Dust?
  • Factors involved
  • Case Studies
  • Health problems
  • Types of dust
  • Lund disease

Module 2

  • Risk Assessments
  • What do the regulations say?
  • Control measures
  • Advice
  • Exposure routes

Module 3

  • Emergency controls
  • Water flow controls
  • Water spray controls
  • Water sprinkler controls
  • Air filtration controls
  • Vacuum controls
  • Partitions
  • Regulated areas ]

Module 4

  • Where do we find Silica Dust?
  • PPE
  • What must we do?
  • Who can help?

Recourse Materials:

Participants will receive a USB Flash Drive containing complete Trainers Start-up Pack with everything from your attendance & assessment sheets to your PowerPoint slideshow. There will be links to relevant Legislation, HSA Guidance documents & checklists. We also encourage our participants to join us and present on our own training courses, to give them added confidence and experience, should they require it.

Maximum participants per course: 12

Who should attend?

This course is ideal for trainers assigned with responsibility for training within your organisation or for those involved in training on a consultative basis.


A POBS  5 year Silica Dust Instructor Certificate and Instructor Card is awarded to all participants on successful completion of this course.

Participant Requirements

Ideally, participants should have an existing training qualification to QQI Level 6 or better, particularly if they intend training on a consultative basis.

Lunch, water, tea & coffee are provided each day.

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