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Silica Exposure in Construction Industry
University of South Florida OTI Education Center SH-29661-16-60-F-12

Silica Training for the Construction Industry

Grant funded Training through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program



 GRANT PERIOD ENDED 9/30/2017. For information on additional Silica training, contact us at



What’s is crystalline silica?

Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in many naturally occurring materials and used in many industrial products and at construction sites. Materials like sand, concrete, stone and mortar contain crystalline silica. Crystalline silica is also used to make products such as glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks, concrete and artificial stone. Industrial sand used in certain operations, such as foundry work and hydraulic fracturing (fracking), is also a source of crystalline silica exposure. Amorphous silica, such as silica gel, is not crystalline silica.

Inhaling very small (“respirable”) crystalline silica particles, causes multiple diseases, including silicosis, an incurable lung disease that can lead to disability and death. Respirable crystalline silica also causes lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and kidney disease.

Respirable Silica Exposure for the Construction Industry Training

This is a one day training session intended to educate frontline employees and foreman about OSHA’s new silica standard for the construction industry.  This course will offer an overview of the new silica standard, as well as information on how to recognize, avoid and abate silica dust hazards. Participants will also learn allowable housekeeping techniques, as well as participating in a hands on workshop regarding respiratory protection use.

This material was produced under grant number SH-29661-16-60-F-12 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.