Silica Exposure Prevention Course

Silica Exposure Prevention Training Melbourne

Learn how to effectively manage silicia risks and prevent exposure in the 1-day 10830NAT Course in Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention at CFMEU Education & Training, Melbourne. We offer nationally recognised crystalline silica exposure prevention training delivered by industry experts. Register for silica awareness training today!


Incolink members: FREE
Non-members: $300


Melbourne Metro


4 Hours

10830NAT Course in Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention

Crystalline silica is a compound found in a variety of construction materials. Cutting engineered stone, mortar, tiles, bricks, and concrete may release silica dust, which can cause serious health problems if breathed in. The main silica dust hazards include:

  • Silicosis
  • Kidney disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Autoimmune diseases

This course is designed to provide the knowledge required to recognise the workplace health and safety risks and hazards of working with silica dust and implementing safe systems of work for the prevention of exposure limiting the effects of silicosis on worker health.

Work Health and Safety (WHS) is a relationship between the health of the employee and the safety issues of his/her working environment. WHS acknowledges the dual effect of the employer to provide a safe working environment and of the employee to fulfil his duties in a safe manner, with neither party having a direct or indirect adverse effect on the health of self or others when working with dust.

The skills in this course must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Silica Awareness Training Course Information

Silica awareness training is a program designed to identify and control the potential risk of exposure to silica dust. The training is primarily intended for those in the construction industry. It gives workers the skills and knowledge needed to reduce the health risks associated with crystalline silica.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

4 hours

Pre-requisite Unit
White Card – (CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry)

Entry Requirements

  • Completed formal education
  • White Card – (CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry)

What to bring to class?
White Card – (CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry)

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CFMEU Education & Training is open to all members of the public. Register now to level up your skills in the construction industry with world-class training facilities and instructors!

Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention Course FAQs


Who should attend?

According to the Cancer Council Australia, about 587,000 Australian workers were exposed to silica in 2011. The organisation estimates that 5,758 of those exposed to silica that year will develop lung cancer. Workers in the construction industry face the greatest risks and therefore are encouraged to attend Silica Exposure Prevention training.

This includes trades such as:

  • Cabinet making
  • Carpentry
  • Stonemasonry
  • Cement manufacturing
  • Metal polishing
  • Painting
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing
  • Tiling
  • Bricklaying
  • Electrical work
  • Construction work of any kind

What will you learn?

The main goal of the Silica Exposure Prevention training is to cover the risks of respirable crystalline silica. Participants will learn the recommended procedures for working with silica, as well as WHS control measures for reducing the risk of exposure, including:


  • Identification of crystalline silica-containing products
  • Substitution
  • Isolation
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Relevant 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
  • Risk assessments and hazard prevention

Is silica exposure training mandatory?

The 10830NAT – Course in Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention training is mandatory in some states throughout Australia. WorkSafe Victoria’s Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Crystalline Silica) Regulations 2021 have also come into effect, making the training mandatory for specific works, e.g., engineered stone processing.

The 10830NAT – Course in Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention course is nationally accredited training, accepted all across Australia.

Call now to discuss your requirements.

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