Cal / OSHA Cotton Dust Safety Awareness

This course presents an overview on regulations for cotton dust exposure, effects on the body, mode of exposure, and work practice controls.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Cotton Dust Safety Training
  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Work Practices
  • Respirators
  • Medical Examinations

Course Description

This course presents an overview of the State of California regulations for cotton dust exposure, including its effects on the body; mode of exposure; and engineering, administrative, and work practice controls to limit exposure, including information on respirators. This course also discusses medical evaluations and follow-up information in case of cotton dust exposure in the workplace.

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

Course Outline

Cal / OSHA Cotton Dust Safety Awareness Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to Cotton Dust Safety Training

  • Key Terms
  • High Risk Jobs
  • Common Pulmonary Diseases
  • Symptoms and Health Effects of Exposure to Cotton Dust
  • Exposure Statistics
  • Applicable Regulations
  • Federal Regulations
  • Cal/OSHA Safety Orders

Employer Responsibilities

  • Exposure Levels
  • Dust Monitoring Devices
  • Initial Monitoring
  • Periodic Monitoring
  • Safety Program
  • Engineering Controls
  • Other Requirements
  • Training
  • Exemptions

Work Practices

  • Restrictions on Using Compressed Air for Cleaning
  • Other Requirements
  • Good Cleaning Practices


  • Facial Attachments-Tight Fitting Coverings
  • Facial Attachments-Loose Fitting Coverings
  • Air Purifying Respirators
  • Powered Air Purifying Respirators
  • Supplied Air Respirators
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Fit Testing

Medical Examinations

  • Initial Examination
  • Schilling’s Byssinosis Classification
  • Spirometry
  • Further Examinations

Doctor’s Opinion


Additional Resources


Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

The employer shall provide a training program for all employees in all workplaces within the scope of Section 5190(a) where cotton dust is present and shall assure that each employee in these workplaces is trained per this regulation.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

The training program shall be provided prior to initial assignment and shall be repeated at least annually for each employee exposed to cotton dust, when job assignments or work processes change and when employee performance indicates a need for retraining.

What are the governing regulations?

This online course satisfies the training requirements for the Cal/OSHA Title 8 CCR, Section 5190 Cotton Dust 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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