According to OSHA, 2.3 million workers are exposed to crystalline silica on the job in 676,000 construction, general industry, and maritime workplaces. To better protect these workers, OSHA has finalized two new crystalline silica standards: one for general industry and maritime (1910.1053), and one for construction (1926.1153), both effective June 23, 2016.

To help companies comply with the training component of the standards, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., a leader in safety and regulatory compliance, has introduced two new online training courses:

Crystalline Silica for Construction
Crystalline Silica for General Industry

Training is a key component of the standards, according to Mark Stromme, workplace safety expert at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. “The new OSHA standards have specific training requirements for employees exposed to crystalline silica,” he said. “This training will help save more than 600 lives annually and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis - an incurable and progressive disease - each year.”

The new courses are designed to educate workers on how to protect themselves from the dangers of crystalline silica dust. Each 30-minute course details various industry-specific tasks that could result in exposure, identifies health hazards caused by exposure, details how to apply control measures to limit exposure, and explains the purpose of OSHA’s required medical surveillance program.

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About J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Since its beginning as a one-man consulting firm in 1953, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. has grown to become the most respected name in safety and regulatory compliance. Now over 1,400 associates strong, J. J. Keller serves over 560,000 customers — including over 90% of the Fortune 1000® companies. The company’s subject-matter expertise spans nearly 1,500 topics, and its diverse solutions include ELogs and mobile technology; training via online courses, streaming video or DVD; online management tools; managed services; consulting services; online and print publications; forms and supplies.

Safety professionals rely on J. J. Keller in-house expertise and wide selection of products and services to reduce risk and improve regulatory compliance, performance management and operational efficiency. For more information, visit