OSHA Safety Courses for General Industry and Construction per 29 CFR 1910 & CFR 1926. Completed entirely online.

Course Overview


What is Benzene?

Benzene is a colorless or light yellow liquid at room temperature. It has a sweet odor and is highly flammable. Benzene is widely used in the United States; it ranks in the top 20 chemicals for production volume. It is primarily used as a starting material in making other chemicals. Benzene is also a natural part of crude oil and gasoline.

Short-term exposure to high levels of benzene can cause drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, and even death. Long-term exposure may affect bone marrow and blood production. Benzene is known to cause cancer in humans.

About Benzene Awareness Training

This Benzene Awareness for General Industry and Construction provides a general awareness of the risks and regulatory requirements for protecting employees who work with benzene as required by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Employers are required to provide employees with information and training at the time of their initial assignment to a work area where benzene is present.

If exposures are above the action level, employees must be provided with information and training at least annually thereafter.

We will discuss more about OSHA regulations and training requirements as they relate to benzene later in this course.

This course can be taken as initial training or as an annually required refresher course.


In accordance with 29 CFR 1910.1028(j)(3) Information and Training, this Benzene Awareness Training provides a general awareness of the risks and regulatory requirements for protecting employees who work with benzene as required by OSHA.

The course will also introduce students to the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations for General Industry, Subpart Z, Toxic and Hazardous Substances - 29 CFR 1910.1028 (Benzene).

This training also meets the OSHA Construction Standard for Benzene, 29 CFR 1926.1128

Terminal Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain what benzene is;
  • Describe where workers may encounter benzene;
  • Understand the definitions and the hazards associated with benzene and benzene exposure;
  • Describe sources of non-occupational exposure to benzene;
  • Describe the health effects of benzene exposure;
  • Understand the essentials of OSHA’s benzene standards;
  • Identify and describe OSHA methods of compliance to prevent benzene exposure; and
  • Explain how workers and employers can avoid benzene hazards through the Hierarchy of Controls.


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

ModuleSectionSection Title
Module 1
1 Course Overview
2 Introduction to Benzene in the Workplace
3 Limiting Exposure to Benzene
Final Exam


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. If a student does not pass the exam the first time, they may retake the exam as many times as necessary in order to pass.

Required Training


Workers must receive additional training, when required by OSHA standards, on the specific hazards of their job. Training Providers should be used to ensure credibility and augment a company’s training program. Therefore, in addition to the training provided by an outside party, a student should receive site-specific training supplied by their employer. This training should target the company’s unique approach to hazard prevention, including the use of site-specific equipment, health and safety policies, and emergency procedures. As a rule, this company-specific training should be well documented.

Mobile Version

We're excited to announce that this course is 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.

Mobile 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.


  • No computer needed
  • Tablet mobility
  • Tablet screen graphics


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

During our testing we noticed that tablets work much better than smartphones, simply due to their screen size. The newer the device, the better the result. We are also aware that the course will not work on the first generation iPad, nor older Android Tablets.

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.


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.