What you are going to learn
This online certification course meets the requirements set forth by the Department of Safety and Health (DOSH), more commonly known as Cal/OSHA, for cadmium safety training in the state of California. The course contents include how workers may be exposed to cadmium, the symptoms of exposure, equipment that can isolate or remove the hazard from the workplace, and practices to reduce the likelihood of exposure.
Cadmium is a heavy metal that can be inhaled or swallowed. Cadmium exposure, even in small amounts, can result in kidney damage, lung damage, cancer, and even death. Workers who may be exposed to cadmium dust or fumes include those who work in drilling, blasting, sanding, incineration, recycling, demolition, and construction. Because overexposure to cadmium is preventable, workers must understand the applicable California regulations that govern their safety and the safety measures that prevent exposure.
Who This Course is For
This course is for:
Those most at risk for cadmium exposure work in shipyards, construction, waste management, and other general industries. Some work situations can expose workers to cadmium dust or fumes. Workers involved in demolition could be exposed to cadmium dust in paint or on metal components when blasting, drilling, or sanding.
🔉Consequences For Not Training?
Case Study: Five men were working on the top of a tower to take apart a frame of girders. One man was the burner, and the other four were steel erectors. While working, the men decided to take apart the structure by melting the cadmium-plated nuts, bolts, and washers. They were unaware of the toxicity of the cadmium. None of the men were wearing respirators, and they were in an enclosed environment lacking in ventilation. One of the men died and the other four were admitted to the hospital with symptoms ranging from gastrointestinal discomfort to difficult respiration and insomnia.
Key Takeaways: Being aware of cadmium sources and having appropriate protective equipment and ventilation is key in protecting yourself from cadmium poisoning. If the area had been properly ventilated and if the men had been wearing protective clothing and respirators, those safety measures could have prevented one man's death and four others from getting ill.
California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), more commonly known as Cal/OSHA, sets and enforces standards pertaining to cadmium exposure. Cadmium regulation can be found in Title 8 of California's Code of Regulations (CCR), Section 5207.
What You'll Learn
Introduction to Cadmium Safety Training
- Key Terms
- Sources of Cadmium
- High Risk Jobs
- Modes of Exposure
- Exposure Statistics
Preventative Measures and Best Practices
- Symptoms of Cadmium Poisoning
- Symptoms of Short-term Exposure
- Symptoms of Long-term Exposure
- Pregnant or Nursing Women, Babies, and Children
- Applicable Regulations
- Employer Responsibilities
- Competent Person
- Communication of Hazards
- Permissible Exposure Levels (PEL)
- Separate Engineering Control Airborne Limits (SECALs)
- Exposure Assessment
- Record Keeping
- Written Compliance Program
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Medical Monitoring
- Medical Surveillance
- Initial Examination
- Periodic Medical Examinations
- Medical Examinations Due to Emergencies
- Employee Exposure and Medical Records
- Employee Responsibilities
- Biological Monitoring Advisor
Preventative Measures and Best Practices
- Mechanical Ventilation
- Regulated Areas
- Warning Labels for Cadmium
- Hygiene Provisions
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Respiratory Protection
- Respirator Components
- Types of Respirators
- Respirator Requirements for Cadmium Exposure
- Best Practices
How long is this course and how long do I have to complete it?
It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.
We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course.
How often is retraining or recertification required?
Employers must provide training at the time of initial assignment to tasks where occupational exposure may take place. This online certification meets the initial training requirements. According to Title 8 CCR, retraining must be provided at least annually following the completion of initial training.
Continuing education credits?
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
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