Everyone involved in tasks that produce silica dust, including project managers, foremen, superintendents, and workers should receive training before being assigned work. Training should 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.
Supervisors and others responsible for safety should also receive training on how to implement the employer’s silica control plan.
The following is a selection of training materials and other resources for contractors, instructors, and workers.
PLEASE NOTE: The Silica Control Plan you create using the Create-A-Plan tool on this website is specific for your worksite. Your Plan can be used as the subject of a toolbox talk -- review the elements of the Plan with your supervisory personnel and workers.