Respirable Crystalline Silica Awareness Training

CPD Approved RoSPA Approved IIRSM Approved
Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) Awareness
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Exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust can have serious health impacts on workers and anyone in the vicinity. Therefore, it's essential that those working with construction and mineral processing dusts are aware of the hazards and risks and can effectively manage them.

This Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) Awareness training course provides you with the knowledge needed to identify the hazards and risks associated with RCS, and decide on control measures needed to reduce them. It explains how to carry out a risk assessment in your workplace and will explain how you can use the assess, control, review (ACR) model to manage the health hazards in your workplace.

While this course focuses on RCS, the techniques provided can be applied when managing other hazardous dusts, including wood dust.
This course was last audited on: 12th September 2023

  • Written in compliance with UK legislation and guidance
  • Developed by health and safety professionals
  • Accredited by CPD, Assured by RoSPA Qualifications, and Approved by IIRSM
  • Online training course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2 hours
  • Same day digital certificate. Printed certificate posted the next working day

Aims of the course

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand what silica dust is, where silica dust is found and what duties those involved with construction projects have to manage the risks associated with silica dust.
  • Understand the health risks associated with silica and the importance of effectively controlling silica dust.
  • Be aware of the different activities that can increase the risks associated with silica dust and be aware of the methods they should use to control exposure.
  • Know the different types of personal protective equipment that can be used to protect workers from silica dust exposure, as well as how to use them effectively.


CPD Approved
RoSPA Approved
IIRSM Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This course is also assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents through their RoSPA Qualifications Assurance System, as providing up-to-date, quality and content-approved training.

Additionally, this course has been independently recognised by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management as meeting the standards of its Training Approval Scheme.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 1 year. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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If you wish to try this course then register for a demo by clicking the 'interactive demo' button. You will be given the option to purchase and continue with your course at the end of your demo!

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Course content

1Introduction to Respirable Crystalline Silica Awareness

What is silica?, what is respirable crystalline silica (RCS)?, how does RCS impact health?, what professions are most at risk of RCS exposure?, other construction dusts, RCS and the law, further regulations, individual duties, and health surveillance.

2Risk Assessment

What is a risk assessment?, who should carry out a risk assessment?, identify the hazards, decide who might be harmed and how, evaluate the risks, evaluate existing controls, the hierarchy of control, record your findings and implement them, and review and update.

3Managing Health Risks

Assess, Control, Review model, assess the risks, control the risks, elimination, substitution, engineering controls, maintenance and inspection, duties of manufacturers and suppliers, administrative controls, safe systems of work, training, communication and housekeeping, personal protective equipment, respiratory protective equipment, workplace exposure limits (WELs), controlling related risks, and noise exposure.

4The Assess, Control, Review Model

Cutting paving, blocks and kerbs, dry sweeping, recapping the ACR model, cutting roofing tiles, soft strip demolition, scabbling or grinding concrete, and abrasive pressure blasting.

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The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 90%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

Who should take this course?

Everyone involved in construction activities has the responsibility to manage the associated health risks, including the health risks associated with construction and mineral processing dust exposure. This Silica Awareness training is designed for anyone working in conditions where their work activities may expose them to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) dust, including:

  • Employers
  • Managers and supervisors
  • Employees
  • Designers and principle designers
  • Contractors and principle contractors
  • Small builders

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