Silica Awareness Training

You can find silica on virtually every construction site in the world. Do all the members of your crew know how to properly protect themselves from this health hazard? Has it been a while since you have acquainted yourself with the proper health and safety protocols?

If so, we invite you to contact 3-E Safety Services LLC. Over the years, we have established ourselves as the leading safety consultants for construction companies, independent contractors, and everything in between. In as little time as one hour, we will educate your team on this respiratory hazard and how to best protect yourself from it.

Don't wait another day to schedule your training session. Contact us at (816) 210-0689 today.

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Helping Workers Reduce Silica Exposure

Exposure to silica dust is a risk on every job site and a significant one at that. Being around silica for long periods of time can cause silicosis, a serious lung disease. So many materials commonly used by construction workers produce silica dust that can be inhaled. Silica safety on a job site is all about reducing silica exposure from the source and teaching those around it how to protect themselves.

Contact 3-E Safety Services LLC and book a silica safety training session to protect your workers and keep them out of harm’s way.

Silica Safety for Common Construction Materials

Unfortunately, most materials involved in construction produce silica dust, including the following:

  • Sand
  • Stone
  • Brick
  • Block
  • Concrete
  • Soil

Since workers cannot get away from using these materials, the best thing to learn about is protection. Our silica safety classes are in place so that your workers gain knowledge of the risks involved in working around silica dust. We believe that education is vital for safety on the worksite. Your staff will learn silica dust prevention, protection, and control in our session, and we will discuss the medical dangers of silicosis.

Identifying Tasks Exposing Silica

Cutting, sawing, grinding, and sanding, produce mass amounts of silica dust and workers should wear the appropriate PPE when they’re completing these tasks.

Identifying the tasks that cause silica dust is essential in restricting and correcting the hazards of silica dust at the worksite. Your staff will learn about the most effective dust control methods during our course: wet prevention and vacuum dust prevention. Wet prevention uses water to keep down the dust, and vacuums suck dust away from the source.

Correct Equipment Inspection Techniques

Inspecting your equipment before usage is another essential component to silica dust exposure prevention and reduction. Ensuring that all of your equipment’s hoses, nozzles, seals, etcetera are in working order before use is critical. Keeping a consistent equipment maintenance program is also important for the long-term safety of your crew.

Our courses go over correct equipment usage and how to inspect equipment properly. Our tutorials also include how to use necessary PPE appropriately. Contact our team for an invaluable education about the dangers and prevention of silica dust.

Silica Dust Suppression Awareness

It is critical that your whole team is on the same page about the dangers of silica dust to ensure proper prevention. We are always available to do a safety course for your team members – we also provide brochures and booklets of safety information before leaving so you have a safety reference.

Contact now for a thorough silica safety course.

Prevent Life-Altering or Deadly Silicosis

Unfortunately, silicosis is a reality for many people who experienced long exposure to breathing in dust throughout their life. It gradually deteriorates the lungs and, at its worst, can make breathing impossible. There is currently no medical cure for the disease, so silica dust prevention is the only way to avoid it.

Our courses will be instrumental in the ongoing safety of your staff throughout the rest of their long careers. Contact our team today and book a session.

Safety Training: Knowledge Is Power

At our facilities, we believe in empowering the workers throughout Missouri. By educating them on the hazards and prevalence of silica on construction sites, we ensure they're educated and empowered. In 30-60 minute training sessions, we can bring your team up to speed on the latest OSHA requirements and the latest scientific findings related to silica.

Rest assured, we will not waste your staff's time with hard data, obscure facts, and incomprehensible figures. We tailor our training sessions to the workplace. Construction sites are hectic environments and many tasks can lead to airborne silica. We will outline all the activities that contribute to silica development and what you can do to protect yourself from it.

Easy to Schedule Sessions

We understand that most construction companies have little downtime in their days. To halt work for several hours can result in missed deadlines and unhappy clients. In the interest of customer satisfaction, we make the scheduling process as simple as can be. Simply let us know what time you would like us to speak with your team, and we will do our best to schedule ourselves accordingly. As an added convenience, we can even conduct the informational sessions at your head office or wherever is most convenient.

We Welcome Questions and Conversation

We invite all participants in our training sessions to speak their minds and ask whatever questions they have. We want the workers to walk away from our session with a clearer understanding of silica and its hazards. Are you hoping to learn more about substitute materials? Simply ask us for information. We'll answer all your questions and more.

Are you eager to bring your team up to speed? If so, contact us at your convenience.

3-E Safety Services, LLC conducts training on Silica Awareness (Crystalline Silica). The class takes anywhere from 30-minutes to 1-hour, depending on the depth of the training requested.

Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in the earth's crust. Materials like sand, stone, concrete, and mortar contain crystalline silica. It is also used to make products such as glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks, and artificial stone.

Respirable crystalline silica - very small particles at least 100 times smaller than ordinary sand you might find on beaches and playgrounds - is created when cutting, sawing, grinding, drilling, and crushing stone, rock, concrete, brick, block, and mortar. Activities such as abrasive blasting with sand; sawing brick or concrete; sanding or drilling into concrete walls; grinding mortar; manufacturing brick, concrete blocks, stone countertops, or ceramic products; and cutting or crushing stone result in worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica dust. Industrial sand used in certain operations, such as foundry work and hydraulic fracturing (fracking), is also a source of respirable crystalline silica exposure. About 2.3 million people in the U.S. are exposed to silica at work.

Workers who inhale these very small crystalline silica particles are at increased risk of developing serious silica-related diseases, including:

  • Silicosis, an incurable lung disease that can lead to disability and death;
  • Lung cancer;
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); and
  • Kidney disease.

Work with Our Safety Consultants Today

We know your team's health and safety and the building's future inhabitants are important to you. Our job is to give you the information you need to protect them.

With the help of our silica safety consultants, you'll have all the tools at your disposal to safeguard your construction crew from this hazardous material. We'll update you on the regulatory requirements, the potential risks, and more. Before long, you will have all the information to navigate the worksite with professionalism and ease.

Call us at (816) 210-0689 today to request our services.

To better protect workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica, OSHA has issued two new respirable crystalline silica standards: one for construction, and the other for general industry and maritime. OSHA began enforcing most provisions of the standard for construction on September 23, 2017 and began enforcing most provisions of the standard for general industry and maritime on June 23, 2018. 3-E Safety's Silica Awareness class lets workers know about what these standards state and ways to ensure that the standards are being complied with.

Everyone involved in tasks that produce silica dust, including project managers, foremen, superintendents, and workers should receive training before being assigned work. 3-E Safety Services' training will address:

  • Identifying the materials and tasks that create silica hazards;
  • The dust-generating operations that will be undertaken and how the employer plans to control the dust (the silica control plan);
  • The health risks;
  • Working safely with silica, including proper use of equipment, protective clothing, and appropriate hygiene practices;
  • The identity of the competent person designated by the employer to implement the silica control plan and inspect the job site, materials and equipment; and
  • The purpose and description of the medical surveillance program.

3-E Safety Services Instructors also have the ability to teach supervisors and others responsible for safety on how to implement the employer’s silica control plan.