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What is Silica Dust Awareness?

This online Silica Dust Awareness course will provide you with an overview of RCS and the best practices for identifying, controlling, and staying safe around it. It can be used as an introductory course or to refresh your existing knowledge.

Who is the Silica Dust Awareness Course Suitable For?

The Silica Dust Awareness course 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 principal designers
  • Contractors and principal contractors
  • Builders

What’s Included in the Silica Dust Awareness Course?

Delivery Method

Online / E-learning

Course Duration

90 minutes

Course Content

  • Introduction to respirable crystalline silica (RCS)
  • Performing & Managing RCS Risk Assessment, Assessing and controlling risks
  • What silica and respirable crystalline silica (RCS) & Health Effects
  • Other types of construction dust
  • The laws and regulations related to RCS & employee duties
  • RCS health surveillance
  • Engineering controls
  • Safe systems of work
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
  • Workplace exposure limits (WELs)
  • Noise exposure
  • Cutting paving, blocks, and kerbs, roof tiles
  • Cleaning up dust and debris
  • Soft strip demolition
  • Scabbling or grinding concrete
  • Abrasive pressure blasting


The online Silica Dust Awareness course is CDP Certified.

Confirmation of your result will be emailed shortly following the course completion. The certificate will be emailed within 2 to 3 weeks after the course completion.


  • It is a CITB requirement that all delegates have a sufficient level and understanding of English to take the course.
  • Photographic ID (passport or driving licence).

Additional Information

You may be asked to complete an Initial Assessment via a link that is emailed to you.

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