Respirable Crystalline Silica Awareness Online Course

Respirable Crystalline Silica Awareness Online Course

2 Hours2 Hours
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Respirable crystalline silica (RCS) is a dust which is found on worksites where cutting and drilling take place. Once airborne, it can cause serious health problems, which is why there are strict laws around how to work with and manage it.

If you work in construction or an environment containing mineral processing dusts, it’s vital that you’re aware of the dangers.

This self-guided Respirable Crystalline Silica Awareness online course has been created by health and safety professionals in line with UK legislation. There is no time limit to complete it, but you can reasonably expect to wok though the modules in 2 hours. You’ll learn the dangers of silica dust, what your legal responsibilities are, how to carry out risk assessments and control exposure.


By the end of this online training course, you will have a solid understanding of:

  • Silica dust – what it is, where it’s found and why it’s dangerous
  • The roles and responsibilities of construction workers
  • The risks of working with silica dust
  • Health risks commonly associated with silica
  • Why it’s important to control silica dust
  • How to control exposure
  • Behaviours that inadvertently increase risk of exposure
  • Which PPE to use and how to use it


Over 2 hours, this self-guided online training course covers the following topics:

  • An introduction to Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS), definitions and terms
  • What impact does RCS have on health?
  • Who is most at risk from exposure?
  • Different types of dust found on construction sites
  • UK legislation around RCS exposure
  • Your legal responsibilities and duties as an employer
  • Legal responsibilities as a worker
  • Health surveillance
  • How to conduct a thorough risk assessment
  • Recognising hazards, evaluating risks, reviewing controls
  • What are the consequences of exposure?
  • Identifying who is at risk and their health implications
  • The hierarchy of control
  • Recording your findings
  • Implementing control measures
  • Review and update
  • Managing health risks on site
  • The Assess, Control, Review model
  • Elimination and substitution
  • Engineering controls
  • Maintenance and inspection
  • Manufacturer duties
  • Supplier duties
  • Administrative controls
  • Safe systems of work
  • Training and communication
  • PPE and respiratory protective equipment
  • Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs)
  • Related risks
  • Noise exposure
  • Putting the Assess, Control, Review model into practice
  • Cutting paving, blocks and curbs and roof tiles safely
  • Dry sweeping
  • Soft strip demolition
  • Scabbling or grinding concrete
  • Abrasive pressure blasting


Once you’ve completed this online training, you’ll take a multiple-choice test of 20 questions. You’ll need to get 90% to pass, which you’ll be notified of as soon as you finish. You’re welcome to re-take the test if you need to, at no extra cost.

You’ll receive a CPD certified digital certificate straight away.

As well as conforming to CPD guidelines, this course is approved and accredited by the following bodies:

  • The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Qualifications Assurance System
  • The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)

Who is this Course for?

If you work on a construction site or industrial environment where there is a risk of dust exposure from mineral processing, this online course is for you. It’s vital that you’re aware of the dangers, and how to avoid them – both for your own safety and that of your co-workers.

Likewise, if you’re responsible for the health and safety of workers, or you supervise operations, you should be up to date on the latest UK legislation. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Construction workers
  • Contractors
  • Principle contractors
  • Designers
  • Principle designers
  • Employers
  • Employees
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Builders
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