Cal / OSHA Benzene Awareness

This course presents an overview of safety information and regulations for employees who work with benzene in the state of California.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety
  • Benzene Exposure Monitoring
  • Benzene Safe Work Practices
  • Employer Communication, Recordkeeping, and Medical Surveillance

Course Description

This course presents an overview of safety information and regulations for employees who work with benzene in the state of California. The course includes an overview of benzene, a summary of benzene safety and health hazards, and a listing of benzene safe work practices, as well as the requirements for monitoring employee exposure to benzene, communicating benzene hazards to employees, and maintaining benzene-related records.

The Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check non-scored questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

Cal / OSHA Benzene Awareness Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety

  • Introduction to Benzene
  • Key Terms
  • Applicable Regulations
  • Introduction to Cal/OSHA Benzene Regulations (§5218)
  • Benzene Safety Hazards
  • Health Risks of Exposure to Benzene
  • Type of Exposure
  • Delayed Effects
  • Effects of Chronic or Repeated Exposure

Benzene Exposure Monitoring

  • Employee Exposure Limits and Monitoring
  • Initial Monitoring and Periodic Monitoring
  • Termination of Monitoring
  • Additional Monitoring
  • Employee Notification of Monitoring Results
  • Observation of Monitoring
  • Methods of Compliance
  • Compliance Program

Benzene Safe Work Practices

  • Ventilation
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Respirator Selection
  • Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • Spill and Leak Procedures
  • Sanitation
  • Emergency First Aid Procedures

Employer Communication, Recordkeeping, and Medical Surveillance

  • Communication of Hazards
  • Warning Signs and Labels
  • Information and Training
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Initial Examination
  • Periodic Examinations
  • Emergency Examinations
  • Additional Examinations and Referrals
  • Information Provided to the Physician
  • Physician’s Written Reports
  • Medical Removal Plan
  • Medical Removal Protection Benefits
  • Recordkeeping-Exposure Measurements
  • Recordkeeping-Medical Surveillance
  • Access to Records


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

Anyone who has occupational exposure to benzene, either one time or on an ongoing basis, should understand the hazards of exposure to benzene and be familiar with safe work practices that minimize that exposure. Persons who may be frequently exposed to benzene include steelworkers, refinery workers, tire manufacturing workers, printers, shoemakers, lab technicians, gas station employees, and firefighters.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

The employer shall provide employees with information and training at the time of their initial assignment to a work area where benzene is present. If exposures are above the action level, employees shall be provided with information and training at least annually thereafter.

What are the governing regulations?

This online course satisfies the training requirements for the Cal/OSHA Title 8 CCR, Section 5218 Benzene Safety Standard.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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