OSHA Silica Safety

Midland Tech Northeast Campus

151 Powell Rd


When: Sep 21, 2021

25 Spots remaining

This  course will provide initial training for persons designated by their employers to act as the Silica Competent Person for their various work sites. Students will acquire knowledge through classroom instruction that will help prepare them to comply with the new silica standard requirements.

Topics Discussed: 

  • Silica Compared to Asbestos
  • What is Silica?
  • Where are workers exposed to Silica?
  • Different Shapes and Sizes of Silica
  • What is Respirable Crystalline Silica
  • How Air Samplers Work
  • Lab Process of Measuring Silica Exposure in the Field
  • Potential Health Hazards from Silica Exposure
  • Work Activities With Potential Silica Exposure
  • OSHA Construction -vs- General Industry Silica Standards
  • Review of Table 1 in the OSHA Construction Standard
  • Engineering Controls to Reduce / Eliminate Exposure
  • Steps to Develop a Written Exposure Control Plan
  • Demarcation
  • Silica Exposure and the Use of Respirators
  • OSHA Small Entity Compliance Guide
  • Overview of Silica Risk Management Strategies
  • Silica Standard – Appendix A – Methods of Sample Analysis
  • Silica Standard – Appendix B – Medical Surveillance Guidelines

Speaker Bio

Paul P. McCain, PE, is President of McCain Special Project Services, Inc., which offers a wide range of engineering consulting, management consulting, and expert witness services to the construction industry. In addition to his consulting practice, for the past 30+ years, Mr. McCain has delivered hundreds of adult continuing education events on a variety of programs related to construction management, engineering, safety and law, topics which he taught as a faculty member in the Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department at NC State University for 111/2 years and in the private sector since January 2000. Paul was co-founder and served for many years as Construction Industry Program Chair for the Southeastern Education Center of the Federal OSHA Training Institute. He continues to teach train-the-trainer Federal OSHA classes for the Southeastern Education Center at the University of Tennessee for attendees seeking to become Federal OSHA Authorized Trainers in both the construction and general Industry regulations. His adult continuing education programs and other information technology transfer efforts have been recognized with awards at local, state, national and international levels. He is frequently requested to serve as a speaker or trainer because of his ability to communicate effectively and his lively, engaging and interactive presentation style.


Class check-in will begin at 8:15am, with instruction beginning promptly at 8:30am and adjourning around 4pm. Lunch will be provided along with a morning and afternoon break.

Course Fee

The registration fee for the workshop is $225.00 per person. All South Carolina city, county, or state employees receive a LTAP scholarship registration fee of $125.00. The fee includes course materials, break refreshments, and lunch.

This course has a maximum of 25 students, and will be capped at this number. Advanced registration is encouraged so that an accurate estimate of the number of workshop participants can be obtained.  Workshops with low advanced registration will be subject to cancellation.

Who Should Attend

Employees who generate, or who are exposed to respirable Silica dust during their various work processes, or workers designated by their employers to act as the Silica Competent Person at the job site. This training will primarily be directed at the Public Works Industry here in South Carolina.

Also, anyone who simply wants to learn more about the role of the Competent Person under the new OSHA Construction Regulation (29 CFR 1926.1153) for Respirable Crystalline Silica.

Payment Policy

Payment must be received no later than 5 business days prior to the workshop. If your registration payment is not received by then, you will not be guaranteed your slot in the class.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your registration more than 72 hours before a class, your registration fee will be refunded, less a $35 processing fee. If you do not cancel before the 72 hour deadline your registration fee will not be refunded. You may send a substitute in your place, provided that you inform us of the substitute’s name no later than 24 hours before the training.  No-shows will not have their registration fee refunded.

If you have questions regarding workshop registration please email Shae Robinson or call 864-656-4183.

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