By Melanie Laird, group program specialist, ARTBA

ARTBA is offering free virtual training on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) silica standard for the construction industry.

The three-and-a-half-hour training session covers the development and implementation of controls and strategies to prevent or mitigate silica exposures in construction industries. Course topics include assessing working materials, controlling worker exposure, reviewing employee information and training requirements, and developing exposure control plans.

ARTBA created the course through an OSHA Harwood grant to train and educate employees about workplace safety hazards and protections. The training is conducted through a partnership between the association and the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center at the University of Washington.

“The information shared through this training is important for the transportation construction industry because OSHA is stepping up enforcement of its silica standard for construction,” said ARTBA Senior Vice President of Safety & Education Brad Sant. “Silica is contained in products we use every day, including concrete, asphalt, masonry, and aggregate. When those substances are cut, crushed or drilled, dust is created, and workers are at risk of inhaling crystalline silica.”

The live course will be held via Zoom video conference. To participate, all attendees must have a broadband internet connection and a computer with a microphone and camera. Registrants will receive email information on creating a free Zoom account as well as webinar access instructions and course materials prior to the course dates.

The training will be held 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific on the following dates:

  • Monday, July 13
  • Tuesday, July 28
  • Tuesday, Aug. 25 (Spanish)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29

Register now, or contact the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center at