Completed entirely online.

Course Overview

Who Should take this course?

This Cadmium Awareness for Constuction course provides a general awareness of the risks and the regulatory requirements for protecting employees who work with substances and materials that contain cadmium, as required by OSHA.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, estimates that approximately 300,000 workers are exposed to cadmium each year In the United States. Worker exposure can occur in all industry sectors, but mostly in manufacturing, construction, and recycling.

Cadmium and its compounds are highly toxic and exposure to cadmium is known to cause cancer. Cadmium targets the body’s cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, neurological, reproductive, and respiratory systems.

Exposure to cadmium can occur during construction tasks such as wrecking, demolition, or salvage of structures, using cadmium-containing paints, cutting or brazing, burning, grinding or welding on surfaces painted with cadmium-containing paints, construction, alteration, repair, maintenance, and renovation work on structures or substrates that contain cadmium, welding or cutting cadmium-plated steel, or brazing or welding with cadmium alloys, installing products containing cadmium, electrical grounding with cadmium welding and in electrical work using cadmium-coated conduit, maintaining or retrofitting cadmium-coated equipment, and transporting, disposing, storing or containing cadmium or materials containing cadmium on the site of construction activities.

NOTE - OSHA's regulations define construction work as "construction, alteration, and/or repair, including painting and decorating."



The objective of this Cadmium Awareness for Constuction course is to provide a general awareness of the risks and the regulatory requirements for protecting employees who work with substances and materials that contain cadmium, as required by OSHA.

The course will also introduce students to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations for Cadmium in Construction, Subpart Z, Toxic and Hazardous Substances - 29 CFR 1926.1127.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain what cadmium is;
  • Describe where construction workers may encounter cadmium;
  • Understand the definitions and the hazards associated with cadmium and exposure to it;
  • Describe sources of non-occupational exposure to cadmium;
  • Describe the health effects of cadmium exposure;
  • Understand the essentials of OSHA’s Cadmium Standard for Construction; and
  • Identify and describe OSHA methods of compliance to prevent cadmium exposure.


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 4 sections. Students are required to take each section in sequential order as listed below.

Course Modules, Sections, and Exams
ModuleSection / Topic
Cadmium Awareness for Construction
Section 01 - Course Overview
Section 02 - Introduction to Cadmium in the Workplace
Section 03 - Limiting Exposure to Cadmium
Section 04 - Medical Surveillance and Hazard Communication
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. Students who do not pass the exam the first time may retake it as many times as necessary in order to pass.

Training Requirements


Each employee covered by the Cadmium Construction Standard must be trained to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of at least the following:

  • The health hazards associated with cadmium exposure, with special attention to the cadmium safety data sheet;
  • The quantity, location, manner of use, release, and storage of cadmium in the workplace and the specific operations that could result in exposure to cadmium, especially exposures above the permissible exposure limit;
  • The engineering controls and work practices associated with the employee’s job assignment;
  • The purpose, proper selection, fitting, and proper use and limitations of respirators and protective clothing;
  • The measures employees can take to protect themselves from exposure to cadmium, including modification of such habits as smoking and personal hygiene, and specific procedures the employer has implemented to protect employees, such as work practices, emergency procedures, and the provision of personal protective equipment;
  • The purpose and a description of the medical surveillance program required by the Cadmium Standard;
  • The contents of the Standard and its appendices; and
  • The employee’s rights of access to records.
Note – The italicized item is to be conducted by the employer upon completion of this training.

Additionally, workers must receive 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 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.


  • 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 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.


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.