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Course Overview

Who Should take this course?

This Acrylonitrile Awareness course provides a general awareness of the risks and the regulatory requirements for protecting employees who work with or around Acrylonitrile, as required by OSHA. Acrylonitrile, also called “vinyl cyanide,” is an organic compound, a colorless, explosive, and flammable liquid with a pungent, onion-like odor.

Approximately 1.5 billion pounds of acrylonitrile is manufactured each year in the U.S. by the reaction of propylene with ammonia and oxygen in the presence of a catalyst.

The major use of acrylonitrile is in the production of acrylic fibers are used in the manufacture of apparel, carpeting, blankets, draperies, and upholstery.

Other major uses include the manufacture of acrylonitrile resins used to manufacture a variety of plastic products, nitrile elastomers and latexes, and other chemicals, as well as rubber and the manufacture of carbon fibers used in aircraft and the defense and aerospace industries.

Acrylonitrile is very toxic and considered to be a probable human carcinogen by OSHA. Acute toxicity is similar to that due to cyanide poisoning; inhalation or ingestion can result in collapse and death due to lack of oxygen to tissues and heart failure. Acute exposure has been observed to cause mucous membrane irritation, irritation to the eyes and skin, headaches, dizziness, sneezing, nausea and vomiting, impaired judgment, difficulty breathing, limb weakness, cyanosis, convulsions, and collapse.

Objectives

 

The objective of this Acrylonitrile Awareness course is to provide a general awareness of the risks and the regulatory requirements for protecting employees who work with or around Acrylonitrile, as required by OSHA. The course will also introduce students to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations for Acrylonitrile, Subpart Z, Toxic and Hazardous Substances - 29 CFR 1910.1045.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain what acrylonitrile is;
  • Identify where workers may encounter acrylonitrile;
  • Describe hazards and health effects of acrylonitrile exposure;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of OSHA’s Acrylonitrile Standard;
  • Identify and describe OSHA methods of compliance to prevent acrylonitrile exposure; and
  • Explain medical surveillance and hazard communication requirements.

Topics

This fully narrated course is built for success and includes interactions, exercises, and knowledge checks intended to prepare students for the final exam. Students must answer each knowledge check and complete each interaction in order to proceed.

The exam consists of 10 questions selected at random from a larger pool of questions. A score of 70% or better is required to pass each exam. Students who do not pass the exam the first time may retake it as many times as necessary in order to pass.

Course Sections

This course consists of 1 module broken down into 3 sections. Students are required to take each section in sequential order as listed below.

Course Modules, Sections, and Exams
ModuleSection / Topic
Module 1
Section 1 - Course Overview
Section 2 - Introduction to Acrylonitrile in the Workplace
Section 3 - Limiting Exposure to Acrylonitrile
Final Exam

Exams

This course has one final exam based upon the material in the 3 course sections.

The exam consists of 10 questions selected at random from a larger pool of questions. A score of 70% or better is required to pass each exam. Students who do not pass the exam the first time may retake it as many times as necessary in order to pass.

Training Requirements

 

The employer must train each employee:

  • Exposed to Acrylonitrile above the action level;
  • Whose exposures are maintained below the action level by engineering and work practice controls: and
  • Who is subject to potential skin or eye contact with liquid Acrylonitrile.
  • The employer must institute a training program and ensure employee participation in the program, which must be in accord with the requirements of the Standard.
  • Training must be provided at the time of initial assignment or upon institution of the training program, and at least annually thereafter.

Mobile Version

 

We're excited to announce that this course is now available in HTML 5, making it more compatible with the browser on your mobile device (e.g., smartphone or tablet). This course requires only the most recent version of your mobile device's web browser.

Tablet Pros and Cons

Mobile versions of this sort of training are new, but below are some Pros and Cons that we have noticed during our extensive testing.

Pros

  • No computer needed
  • Tablet mobility
  • Tablet screen graphics

Cons

  • Smartphone screens can be too small to see
  • Mobile browsers react differently than computer browsers
  • Phone calls can interrupt training

During our testing we really noticed that tablets work much better than smartphones, simply due to their screen size.

Growing Pains

Because this is a Beta Version of our course, you may encounter some issues as we work out the kinks.

Your Mobile Browser

While HTML5 makes taking this course on mobile devices possible, not all mobile browsers are optimized for HTML5, meaning you may not have complete functionality. If you have difficulty taking this course using the browser on your mobile device, you may need to use a different browser.

Test the functionality of your browser using HTML5 and compare it to the performance of other browsers. If you find other browsers are more compatible than your own, you may want to make the switch.

FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions specific to this course.

Q - How long will this course take to complete?

Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may actually take longer to complete their training. Remember, this training should be used as an intricate tool in the context of an overall training program; it can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any hour requirements needed.


Q - Do I have to finish the course in one sitting?

No, our courses are designed so you can start and stop as needed, allowing you to break the training up over a longer period of time. Our system will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login. It is important that once you start a section, you complete that section or you will need to start that section over from the beginning upon your return.


Q - Can I take the course from more than one computer?

Yes, you can take the online portion by signing in with your username and password from any location and computer with high-speed internet access. However, each computer does need to meet our basic system requirements for viewing our online courses.


Q - Will I receive a certificate for this course?

Yes, once you have completed a course, you are able to download, save or print a certificate of completion from your student account. Certificates are created in a pdf format. Users must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.