Who Should Take This Course?

Our Cadmium Awareness for Construction Online course provides general awareness of the risks of cadmium exposure, as well as information on the OSHA regulatory requirements to protect employees who work with cadmium-containing materials and substances.

Cadmium is highly toxic and is a known carcinogen. It can attack the body’s cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, neurological, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Workers can be exposed to cadmium in any industry, but exposure occurs most frequently in manufacturing, construction, and recycling. Around 300,000 workers are exposed to cadmium each year in the U.S.

For information on the chemical-specific training courses we offer, visit our Chemical Specific Training page.

Cadmium Awareness Training

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Course Outline

Within our Online Training System (OTS), this course consists of the 4 sections listed below.

Section Title
1 Course Overview
2 Introduction to Cadmium in the Workplace
Complying with OSHA Standards | Required training | Hazard Communication training | The element cadmium | CAS Registry Numbers | Who’s exposed to cadmium? | Exposure routes | Hazards of exposure | Short and long-term exposure | Symptoms of exposure | Emergency treatment.
3 Limiting Exposure to Cadmium
OSHA’s permissible exposure limit | Action level | Threshold limit values | Regulated areas | Exposure monitoring | Cadmium competent person | Potentially exposed employees | Methods of compliance | Controls | Compliance program | Respiratory protection | Respirator program | Emergency situations | Protective clothing and equipment | Hygiene practices | Contaminated waste. 
4 Medical Surveillance and Hazard Communication
Medical surveillance for current exposure | Jobs requiring surveillance | Medical exams | Biological monitoring action triggers | Actions triggered by exam results | Exam for respirator use | Emergency exams | Employment termination exam | Medical removal protection | Recordkeeping | Hazard communication | Warning signs and labels. 
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 Cadmium 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 and meets the requirements for 29 CFR 1926.1127(m)(4) for Construction.


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 objective of this Online Cadmium Awareness Course is to provide OSHA required general awareness training on the risks and protection requirements for those who work with cadmium.

Students will also be introduced to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations for Cadmium in Construction, Subpart Z, Toxic and Hazardous Substances – 29 CFR 1926.1127.

Learning Objectives

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

  • What is cadmium?;
  • Where cadmium may be found both in and outside of the workplace;
  • Hazards and health effects of exposure;
  • Understand the essentials of OSHA’s Cadmium Standard for Construction; and
  • OSHA methods of compliance for preventing cadmium exposure.

Training Requirements

Please note that this Cadmium Awareness training course provides valuable information which applies to the general population of employees who are exposed to hazardous cadmium 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. Upon course completion, your employer must train you on the purpose and a description of the medical surveillance program required by the Cadmium Standard. 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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