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Benzene Safety

Course Description

Benzene is a component of products derived from coal and petroleum and is found in gasoline and other fuels. Benzene is used in the manufacture of plastics, detergents, pesticides, and other chemicals. With exposures from less than five years to more than 30 years, individuals have developed, and died from, leukemia. Long-term exposure may affect bone marrow and blood production. Short-term exposure to high levels of benzene can cause drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, and death.

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Benzene standard 1910.1028 applies to all occupational exposures to benzene. The requirements applicable to construction work under 1926.1128 are identical to those set forth at 1910.1028 of this chapter.

Government Regulations:
29 CFR 1910.1028
29 CFR 1910.134
1910 Subpart I – Personal Protective Equipment

Who Needs this Training?
If exposures are above the action level, employees shall be provided with information and training at least annually thereafter. The training program shall be in accordance with the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1200 and shall include specific information on benzene for each category of information included in that section.

Dangers of Remaining Uncertified
All employees using or exposed to Benzene must receive training on the hazards associated with Benzene. If exposure levels are above the Action Level (AL) in a specific work area, all personnel in that area shall be trained before initial assignment and annually on the following:
• Requirements of the OSHA Standard – 29 CFR 1910.1028
• Explanation of The Company benzene safety program
• Contents of the Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
• Description of the medical surveillance program
• Description of the health hazards associated with exposure
• Signs and symptoms of exposure
• How to report any signs or symptoms that may be attributable to benzene exposure
• Safe operating procedures wherever Benzene is present
• Proper use of PPE
• Procedure for spills
• Releases and emergency procedures

Included Topics
By the end of this course, we will have covered the following topics:
Introduction – 0:31
-Topic 1: Introduction – 6:05
-Topic 2: Permissible Exposure Limits – 7:40
-Topic 3: Evaluating and Controlling Exposure – 12:06
-Topic 4: Personal Protective Equipment – 14:28
-Topic 5: Confined Space Entry – 15:18
-Topic 6: Monitoring and Emergency Procedures – 18:46
-Topic 7: Additional Safety Considerations – 22:37
-Summary – 22:47

Course Layout
Course format consists of video instruction, intermediate quizzes, and Final Knowledge Check.
Course Duration
A minimum of 30 minutes is required to complete this course.

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