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Silica Awareness and Trenching & Excavating

  • Apr 12, 2021 (8:00 - 4:00 pm CT; 7:00 - 3:00 pm MT)
    Burleigh Co. Highway Dept., 8100 43rd Ave NW, Bismarck ND

Training Poster

Please print and post the Silica Awareness / Trenching & Excavating poster (PDF, 244K) at your location and encourage participation.


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Silica Awareness Training

Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in the earth's crust. Materials like sand, stone, concrete, and mortar contain crystalline silica. It is also used to make products such as glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks, and artificial stone.

Topics covered in this training:

  • Health hazards associated with silica exposure
  • Changes to the silica standard that will affect all industries
  • Implementation of Table 1 and/or sampling methods to develop in-house control measures
  • Respirator use
  • Medical surveillance
  • Hazard communication standard

Trenching and Excavating Training

Topic covered in this training:

  • Violations
  • Competent person requirements
  • Inspections
  • Soil classification
  • Protective measures
  • Access & egress


Jack Kolberg, North Dakota AGC Safety Consultant, joined the AGC team in 2014. He previously served as vice president/safety lead at Northern Improvement Company for 27 years. Jack's safety focus runs deep; a passion that serves those around him well by providing safe work environments for his team members and for elevating his company's safety performance record. He is a recipient of North Dakota's prestigious Outstanding Safety Professional of the year award. As North Dakota AGC's Safety Consultant, Jack blankets the state with powerful training and a positive and contagious safety attitude.

Target Audience

Silica Safety: Design engineers, supervisors, contractors, and all field personnel (inspectors, contractors, suppliers) that work on roadway projects.

Trenching & Excavating Safety: Maintenance operators, supervisors, and transportation from township, tribal, city, county, and state agencies who are seeking continued education and knowledge-building opportunities.

608 E Boulevard AveBismarck, ND 58505