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Silica Exposure in Sandblasting, Construction and Other Occupations

COURSE NO: C02-038
Silica Exposure in Sandblasting, Construction and Other Occupations
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course is based on a modified version of OSHA training material related to protecting personnel exposed to crystalline silica in the workplace. This course consists of 74 slides with accompanying commentary, providing a concise, graphically illustrated, and easily digestible introduction to the subject.


Silicosis is a disabling, nonreversible and sometimes fatal lung disease caused by breathing in crystalline silica.  Silicosis accounts for about 200 deaths in the U.S. every year.  In the construction industry, the most severe exposures to crystalline silica result from sandblasting. Other activities that may produce crystalline silica dust include jack hammering;  rock/well drilling; concrete mixing and drilling; brick and concrete block cutting; tunneling operations; cement and asphalt pavement manufacturing; setting, laying and repair of railroad track; and foundry operations.


This 2 PDH online course is intended primarily for civil, environmental, chemical, and mechanical engineers, as well as construction and facility personnel and employers responsible for protecting workers exposed to crystalline silica in the workplace.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with the various forms of silica (dangerous and not dangerous)
  • Learning about silicosis and other lung diseases related to silica
  • Understanding the effect of particle size
  • Understanding the types of industrial processes that produce silica dust
  • Familiarizing with the devices and procedures for limiting and monitoring exposure
  • Knowing how to calculate of exposure limits
  • Learning about the recommended worker training and respiratory protection
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Silica Exposure in Sandblasting, Construction and Other Occupations" by Mark Rossow, which is based on OSHA training material.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Silica Exposure in Sandblasting, Construction and Other Occupations (2.6 MB)
Course Quiz
​Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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