Silica Awareness workshop

An introductory workshop designed to provide an awareness and overview of silica dust encountered during construction activities.


An non-accredited workshop designed to provide an awareness and overview of silica dust encountered during construction activities. The workshop will cover, how to identify likely sources and how it should be managed.


  • Legislation
  • What is Crystalline Silica?
  • What are the harmful effects of silica?
  • Where it is found?
  • Basic health hazards and risks associated with silica?
  • Common construction tasks that could result in exposure
  • The Hierarchy of Controls to protect workers from exposure to respirable silica
  • Fitting PPE and RPE
  • Manage risks under the WHS Act 2011


Silica is predominant in the building and construction industry. It is typically housed in the manufacture of many concrete based building materials.
This workshop is for all workers and supervisors whose normal work duties present a reasonable likelihood of being exposed to dust containing Respirable Crystalline Silica (silica).
Leading industries that should attend this course are:
  • Cabinet makers
  • Carpenters
  • Stonemasons
  • Cement manufacturers
  • Ceramics
  • Metal polishing
  • Painters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers
  • Tilers
  • Bricklayers
  • Electricians
  • Construction Labourers
  • Project mangers and site foreman


As this is a non-accredited workshop, participants will be issued with a Certificate of Attendance  and 2 CPD points upon completion of workshop.

For more information on the workshop, email or call us on 03 9411 4555.


Note: The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Crystalline Silica) Interim Regulations 2020 (Interim Regulations) were made on Tuesday 18 August 2020.

The Interim Regulations extend the operation of Part 4.5 – Crystalline Silica of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (Crystalline Silica Regulations) for six months to continue the prohibition of uncontrolled cutting, grinding and abrasive polishing of engineered stone with power tools while WorkSafe continues to progress the development of the Proposed Regulations.

It is anticipated that the Proposed Regulations and associated Regulatory Impact Statement will now be released for public comment in September 2020. We will continue to keep you updated as this work progresses and will also advise you of public comment as it nears.

Information about crystalline silica continues to be available on WorkSafe’s website here: