Who Should Take This Course?

Our Online Vinyl Chloride Awareness for General Industry and Construction course is for those who use, handle, store, package/repackage, or manufacture vinyl chloride and may face exposure. The course provides training on the general awareness of the risks of exposure and the OSHA regulatory requirements to protect employees, as required by OSHA.

Vinyl Chloride is a highly toxic, flammable, colorless gas with a mild sweet odor. It’s widely produced for commercial uses in the U.S. and used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) products. Vinyl chloride exposure can cause very serious health effects, such as birth defects, respiratory failure, liver toxicity, and rare forms of cancer.

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Vinyl Chloride 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 Vinyl Chloride
3 Limiting Exposure to Vinyl Chloride
Final 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 Vinyl Chloride 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.


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 Vinyl Chloride Awareness Course for General Industry and Construction are to provide general awareness training on the risks and protection requirements for those who work in industries where they may be exposed to vinyl chloride.

Learning Objectives

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

  • What is vinyl chloride?;
  • Where vinyl chloride may be found both in and outside of the workplace;
  • Hazards and health effects of exposure;
  • Essentials of the OSHA Vinyl Chloride Standard; and
  • OSHA methods of compliance for preventing vinyl chloride exposure.

Training Requirements

Employees covered by OSHA’s Vinyl Chloride Standard must be trained and demonstrate knowledge/understanding of the following topics, at a minimum:

  • Health and carcinogenic hazards that can result from chronic vinyl chloride exposure;
  • Operations that could result in vinyl chloride exposure over the permissible limits and protective steps;
  • Respiratory protective devices and their purpose, limitations, and proper use;
  •  Vinyl chloride’s fire hazard and acute toxicity and protective steps;
  • Monitoring program description and purpose;
  • Emergency procedures;
  • Information to help employees recognize conditions which may result in the release of vinyl chloride; and
  • A review of the Vinyl Chloride Standard during the employee’s first training program, as well as annually.

Please note that this Vinyl Chloride Awareness training course provides valuable information which applies to the general population of employees who are exposed to hazardous vinyl chloride 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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