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Approximately half the compositions of earth’s crust are silicon dioxide. Crystalline Silica is a basic component of soil, sand, granite and also found in stone, grout, bitumen, rock, gravel, glass, cement and clay and engineered stone.


Quartz is the most common form of crystalline silica. Cristobalite and Tridymite are two other forms of crystalline silica. All three forms may become respirable size particles when workers chip, cut, drill, or grind objects that contain crystalline silica. Silica is a generic term commonly used to refer to crystalline silica including crystalline quartz.


Silica has been a long standing health hazard, as far back as early civilisation, causing millions of cases of disease and deaths since stone masonry and mining began.


The impact of working with respirable crystalline silica is a topical issue that is receiving increasing attention due to the rising numbers of affected workers. Australia and other countries are witnessing a resurgence in diagnoses of silicosis disease in workers in mining, construction and now those who work with engineered stone.


Why Do You Need to Complete the 10830NAT Silica Exposure Prevention Course?


Quite simply this course is now mandated by legislation in the ACT, along with the White Card and 11084NAT Course in Asbestos Awareness (previously 10675NAT), to enter a construction site.


Silica is widely encountered in extractive industries, in the manufacturing of many concrete based building materials. Typical industries include but not limited to:


  1.  Tunnelling
  2. Construction including granite grinding and polishing
  3. Foundries
  4. Stone masonry
  5. Cement manufacturing
  6. Power generation
  7. Ceramics
  8. Brick and tile manufacturing
  9. Metal polishing
  10. Abrasive blasting
  11. Mining
  12. Quarrying


According to Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, PCBUs have an obligation to ensure that all workers who they believe may work with asbestos or asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) attend an approved course in asbestos awareness.


WorkSafe ACT currently requires workers to complete the 11084NAT Course in Asbestos Awareness (previously 10675NAT) and CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry but there is no mandatory requirement for 10830NAT. 10830NAT Course in Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention is now mandatory for most construction industry participants working in the ACT. Inspectors are regularly visiting worksites and heavy fines may apply if you are found without this ticket. At best you will need to stop work immediately until you have the required training. Certain trades like sparkies and plumbers also will require 10852NAT Course in working with Asbestos containing materials.

What Are the Learning Outcomes for Silica Exposure Prevention Training?


The Course in Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention specifies the outcomes required to recognise the workplace health and safety risks and hazards inherent in working with crystalline silica containing products and to determine and plan for the implementation of safe systems of work aimed at reducing exposure to within mandatory exposure limits.

The course outcomes apply to building and constructions workers, jewellery industry workers, do It yourself (DIY) enthusiasts and anyone where the health and well-being is at risk through exposure to crystalline silica dust.

Graduates will be able to identify and apply the following knowledge within the context of their job roles for their own safety and the safety of fellow workers and bystanders:

• Identification of crystalline silica containing products
• The relevant legislation, guidelines and standards
• The 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


How Long Does 10830NAT Course take?


The awareness training course is a half-day (4 Hour) course. It offers a general overview of how to protect one self from silica exposure.


Can you do the 10830NAT Course online?


At this stage the course must be done face to face. There are no opportunities to do the course in a webinar environment like 11084NAT Course in Asbestos Awareness (previously 10675NAT) which we also run face-to-face often on the same day. Please check in with AlertForce on 1800 900 222 if you have any further questions in relation to this.


What Accreditation Will You Get?


Once deemed competent, you will receive a Statement of Attainment in 10830NAT Course in Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention. Legislation makes the course mandatory so this will be your evidence that your training is completed.

Courses should only be completed face to face through registered training organisations approved on While some websites offer silica awareness training Canberra online, online courses do not meet national standards or requirements in the ACT only this nationally accredited course. Make sure you get the correct course,


How Much Does 10830NAT Training Cost?


The cost varies depending on the specific course and the training organisation. At AlertForce, the current charge is $397 per person (of which $137.50 per person is paid to the course developer)


Silica Exposure Prevention training in Canberra will be running regularly. If multiple employees need to complete the course, you may qualify for a group training discount.


Is funding available for 10830NAT Course in Silica Prevention Exposure?


Also ask about Training Authority Fund subsidies if you do most of your work in Canberra.

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