Who Should Take This Course?

Our Benzene Awareness for General Industry and Construction course provides general awareness of the risks of benzene exposure and the OSHA regulatory requirements to protect employees who work with benzene. Employers must train employees and provide information at the time of their initial assignment if benzene is present in the work area. Where benzene concentrations are above the action level, annual training and information must also be provided. This course may be taken as initial training or annual refresher training.

Benzene is highly flammable and widely used in the United States. Benzene is a natural part of crude oil and gasoline, and it’s also used in making other chemicals. At room temperature, benzene is a colorless or light yellow liquid that has a sweet odor. Short- and long-term benzene exposure can cause serious health effects, such as unconsciousness, cancer, and death.

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Benzene Awareness Training

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Course Outline

Within our Online Training System (OTS), this course consists of the 3 sections listed below.

Section Title
1 Course Overview
2 Introduction to Benzene in the Workplace
Exemptions | Required training for benzene |  Protective measures |  Hazard communication training | Medical surveillance training | What is benzene? |  OSHA regulatory definition | CAS Registry Numbers | How is benzene used | Occupational and non-occupational exposures | Long-term and short-term hazards of exposure | High dose exposure | Flammability | Incompatible materials.
3 Limiting Exposure to Benzene
OSHA exposure limits | Regulated areas | Exposure monitoring | Operations where exposure may be high | Shift exposure | Initial and periodic monitoring | Monitoring schedule | Monitoring after spills and leaks | Notifying employees | Methods of compliance | Engineering controls and work practices | Handling and storage | Compliance program | Respiratory protection | Respirator program and selection | Protective clothing and equipment | Medical surveillance | Medical exams | Hazard communication | Hazards of benzene | Warning signs |  Container labels | Recordkeeping | Hazardous waste | Treatment | Storage and disposal.
Course Exam

Course Exam

  • The final exam for this course consists of 10 questions, which are randomly compiled from a large pool of possible questions.
  • A 70% or better score is needed in order to pass the final exam. If a student does not pass, they may re-review information in the sections as necessary, and retake the test as many times as needed in order to pass.

Course Format

This Benzene Awareness training is a 100% online, fully narrated course. The training is self-paced and available 24/7.

The course includes up-to-date, high quality training designed with your safety and learning as our top priority. Taken through our state-of-the-art Online Training System (OTS), the course features interactive training and both audio and visual elements for maximum retention. The course is completed entirely online using a computer with an internet connection and is available 24/7. For your convenience, it can be completed over time, and your progress will be saved to the last section completed. Students are given 6 months to complete the course after enrollment. We are so certain you will be satisfied with your experience, that we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee*.

Once the course is completed, you will immediately be able to download, save or print your Course Completion Certificate which is provided in PDF format. We also offer the option to be mailed a PVC credit card style Wallet ID Card with optional photo, showing training course completion. If selected during enrollment, this ID Card option costs an additional $5.00, and the card will be mailed within 24 hours of course completion.


This course was designed by OSHA Certified Outreach Trainers.

This training is created in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.1028(j)(3) Information and Training and also meets the OSHA Construction Standard for Benzene, 29 CFR 1926.1128. Students will also be introduced to the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations for General Industry, Subpart Z, Toxic and Hazardous Substances – 29 CFR 1910.1028 (Benzene).


Once the course is completed, you will immediately be able to download, save or print your Course Completion Certificate which is provided in PDF format.

Course Objectives

The objectives of this Benzene Awareness Course for General Industry and Construction are to provide OSHA required general awareness training on the risks and protection requirements for those who work with benzene.

Learning Objectives

After completing this Benzene Awareness training course, the student should understand:

  • What is  benzene?;
  • Where benzene may be found both in and outside of the workplace;
  • Hazards and health effects of exposure;
  • Hierarchy of Controls to reduce or eliminate benzene hazards; and
  • OSHA methods of compliance for preventing benzene exposure.

Training Requirements

Please note that this Benzene Awareness training course provides valuable information which applies to the general population of employees who are exposed to hazardous benzene on the job. This course is not meant to replace company-specific training provided by your employer on equipment use and procedures for your particular work environment. This training should be used as part of an overall safety program. You must be trained by your employer on the hazards, equipment, engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices and emergency plans specific to your role and workplace.

In ALL situations, employers are required to ensure their employees are adequately trained to do their job.

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