Silica Awareness Training & Certification


What do we offer? Whether you want silica awareness training and certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the silica training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford. Rest assured that every one of our training options meet all CSA silica training requirements or Canada’s.


What are my options for silica awareness training?

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It’s a silica awareness training ppt presentation that is used to train any number of people at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer to use the kit we offer a train the trainer course.

Online Training

Silica Awareness Training Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign courses to employees. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+ trainees.

Train the Trainer

Silica Awareness Train the Trainer Courses are online and meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer course for no additional cost. Results in a lifetime certification. More Info

Onsite Training

Silica Awareness Onsite Training is for companies looking for hands-on training at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.


What’s in the Silica Awareness Training Course?

Our Silica Awareness training course is built to regulation standards. This class discusses topics including exposure and limits, controls, personal protective equipment (PPE), and more.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam.

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, provincial, territorial, and local standards, this training encompasses the following standards for silica:


  • Encompasses these Canadian Standards
  • 6.112.1 OHS Regulation – If employees are exposed or possibly exposed to silica dust and exposure control plan is required.

  • 6.112.1 OHS Regulation – If employees are exposed or possibly exposed to silica dust and exposure control plan is required.

  • British Columbia – 0.025 mg/m3

  • Alberta – 0.025 mg/m3

  • Ontario – Meets ACGIH requirements, TWA does not exceed 0.005 mg/m3


What is the silica train the trainer course exactly?

The train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an CSA compliant lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.


Why do I need silica awareness training?

In line with CSA requirements, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. CSA requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

When it comes to refresher training, CSA’s standard in some instances (like forklifts) is very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that proves continued competency.


  • Did You Know?

  • The Earth’s crust is made up of 27% silicon. (Source: SoftSchools)

  • Silica exposure is a significant danger to 2 million U.S. workers. (Source: OSHA)

  • When silica dust enters the lungs, it creates scar tissue and makes it more difficult for the lungs to take in oxygen. (Source: OSHA)



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