Respirable Crystalline Silica Awareness

Respirable Crystalline Silica is an incredibly hazardous substance that causes serious ill-health to anyone who is exposed to it. For this reason, anyone who is likely to disturb Respirable Crystalline Silica in their work must have an awareness of the correct health and safety procedures to follow.

The training helps workers to understand the risks associated with the material so that they can avoid work that may disturb Respirable Crystalline Silica. This Respirable Crystalline Silica Awareness course provides a comprehensive introduction to the dangers of working with Respirable Crystalline Silica and helps employers to comply with the regulations by ensuring that their workers are appropriately trained in order to work safely.

Note that any workers who plan to carry out work which will knowingly disturb Respirable Crystalline Silica may require a higher level of training.

– Ensures compliance with Health and Safety legislation
– Developed by Dust suppression professionals
– Intractive course and assessment
– Approximate duration: 2-3 hours
– On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Do you comply with Respirable Crystalline Silica requirements?

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH) regulations, employers have a legal duty to provide adequate control of employees’ exposure to harmful substances in the workplace.

Any employee liable to be exposed to Respirable Crystalline Silica must be given adequate information, instruction and training to ensure they can safeguard themselves and other employees and carry out their work effectively. This level of training is known as Respirable Crystalline Silica Awareness training.

Specific responsibilities under The Control of Respirable Crystalline Silica include:
• Preventing exposure to the silica or, where not possible, make sure it is kept as low as reasonably practicable.
• Keeping exposure below a certain control limit.
• Presuming that all materials contain Respirable Crystalline Silica unless there is evidence to the contrary.
• Keeping an up to date written record of the location and condition of any Respirable Crystalline Silica materials or presumed Respirable Crystalline Silica -containing materials.
• Ensuring written records are sufficient to allow another person to identify the materials.
• Assessing the risk of anyone being exposed to fibres from these materials.

Who Should take Respirable Crystalline Silica Awareness Course?

All workers who are likely to work with Respirable Crystalline Silica containing materials during their normal work should be trained so that they can work safely. This Respirable Crystalline Silica Awareness course is suitable for anyone who may be exposed to Respirable Crystalline Silica as part of their work so that they understand the dangers and can avoid any work which may disturb Respirable Crystalline Silica. This includes, but is not limited to, professions such as:

• Site Managers
• Safety Officers
• Project Managers
• Contracts Managers
• Demolition workers
• Concrete drilling workers
• Carpenters, joiners and construction workers
• Plumbers
• Roofing contractors
• Painters, decorators and plasterers
• Fire and burglar alarm installers
• Shop fitters
• Gas fitters
• Computer installers and telecommunications engineers
• General maintenance staff
• Cable layers and electricians


The course is divided into five modules and includes an assessment at the end:
– Introduction – what is Respirable Crystalline Silica? Where is Respirable Crystalline Silica found? Why was Respirable Crystalline Silica used? Respirable Crystalline Silica and the ill-health effects.
– Regulation- the Control of Respirable Crystalline Silica Regulations, duty holder and employee responsibilities and surveys.
– Risk Assessment – identifying hazards, deciding who may be harmed, evaluating risks, recording findings and reviewing and updating the risk assessment.
– Respirable Crystalline Silica Containing Materials – friability, controlling exposure, Respirable Crystalline Silica related diseases, smoking, Workplace Exposure Limit, respiratory protective equipment and health surveillance.
– Mitigation – what to do to reduce exposure, work procedures, Technology and equipment available.

Aims of the Course

By the end of this course attendees will:

• Understand why Respirable Crystalline Silica containing materials can be harmful and need to be treated as a hazardous substance.
• Understand the ill-health effects that Respirable Crystalline Silica can have.
• Know how to undertake a Respirable Crystalline Silica risk assessment.
• Understand the measures needed to eliminate or reduce the risks from Respirable Crystalline Silica.
• Know what the responsibilities of employers and employees are under health and safety law.


The assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 15 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked so you will instantly know whether you have passed.


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