10830NAT ACT Course in Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention Sydney

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Silica Dust Awareness Training Is a Workplace Responsibility

The workplace health and safety law outlines that employers or persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must control the risks from Silica exposure. They must ensure all workers who may come into contact with Silica dust understand the risks, the control measures and company policy and procedures when dealing with silica dust. Refer to additional Silica dust legislation at the bottom of this page.

Our Silica training course will assist workplaces where Silica is present to manage the risk of exposure and its effect on workers’ health.

Face-to-Face Silica Awareness Training

Even short-term exposure to Crystalline Silica dust can create a long-standing health hazard. Indeed, inhalation of these dust particles is linked to chronic respiratory, kidney, renal disease and tubulointerstitial disease.

This Silica awareness course is a face-to-face program conducted in your workplace or at our training facility. The program is a classroom presentation outlining all the requirements that should be in place to manage Silica dust in the workplace and minimise the risks to workers’ health.

Participants will be able to identify and apply the following knowledge within the context of their job roles for their own safety and the safety of fellow workers and bystanders:

  • Identification of Crystalline Silica-containing products
  • Relevant Silica Dust Code of Practice, legislation, guidelines and standards
  • Consequences, hazards and risks to health due to exposure
  • Exposure standards
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Hierarchy of Controls
  • Systems for prevention of exposure
  • Silica Dust Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)
  • Silica risk assessments and hazard prevention


10830NAT Course in Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention – 4 hours


Individual Bookings on Public Courses

$375.00 per person


At Sydney Safety Training Centre

Please call 02 9892 3370 for group rates for training your staff at our training centre.

At your Site in Sydney Metro Area

Please call 02 9892 3370 for group rates for training your staff at your facility.



At Sydney Safety we have a room that will seat comfortably up to 20 people with all presentation equipment.

At your site, we will require a training room suitable for the number of people being booked. A digital projector or large format screen is also required. However, we can bring our own projector if need be.



10830NAT Course

Statement of Attainment – Course in Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention 10830NAT

Issued by RTO Safety Training #40992


Download your copy of the Silica Code of Practice to understand the issues and your legal obligations.

Group Booking Form :  Booking form

Site Requirements:  RST T-0021 Onsite Training Check List

Please call 02 9892 3370 to discuss this program.


Working With Silica Legislation

Work Health and Safety Act 2011

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) establishes a number of primary duties for a PCBU. Under section 19, the PCBU has a duty to ensure the workplace health and safety of various persons.
This duty is paramount. In other words, if a PCBU is involved in work with materials linked to Silica exposure, so far as is reasonably practicable, no person’s health is to be affected by that work.
Section 19 duties as they apply to the use of Silica in the workplace include providing and maintaining safe:

  • Work environment
  • Plant and structures for working with materials containing Silica
  • Systems of work
  • Use of Silica-containing substances
  • Information, instruction, training and supervision

Silica Dust Safety FAQs

Do risks from Silica still exist in workplaces?

The major risks previously observed have been greatly diminished over the last five decades; however, thousands of workers are still potentially at risk from exposure.
Silica remains an important risk factor for respiratory disease, which is a Safe Work Australia focus for recognition, prevention and management.

Why does respirable Crystalline Silica represent a workplace hazard?


The basic concern about quartz or RCS is that it is toxic to the human body in several ways. Principally it is fibrogenic (promoting the development of fibrous tissue) to the lung causing silicosis.
It is the Silica dusts, mostly smaller than 10 μm in diameter, that are potentially damaging to the lung. This size range cannot be seen by the naked eye in ordinary lighting. That fraction of a dust cloud which penetrates the alveolar space of the lung is referred to as the respirable fraction. The respirable fraction of a dust cloud must be measured to assess the disease risk from dusts containing RCS. Size and surface area of particles are important determinants of their toxicity but are not specifically measured.

What kinds of workplaces and processes expose workers to silica?


Because Silica is widely encountered in extractive industries, in the manufacture of many concrete-based building materials, and finds widespread use in manufacturing processes, the number of Queensland workers potentially exposed is large. Typical leading industries include:

  • Tunneling
  • Foundries
  • Stonemasonry
  • Cement manufacturing
  • Power generation
  • Brick and tile manufacturing
  • Ceramics
  • Construction, including granite grinding and polishing
  • Metal polishing
  • Architectural abrasive blasting
  • Quarrying
  • Mining