Silica & Slab Safety Certificate

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Non-Member Price: $599.00

Members: FREE

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This certificate program includes training & materials for silicosis, silica safety, slab handling, and implementing a silica exposure control plan.

The Natural Stone Institute is dedicated to providing safety training for employees in the stone industry.  This 10-hour online certificate provides training materials for silica, slab handling and creating a safety program.  To earn this certificate, one designated safety manager must complete and pass all designated safety courses, download safety materials, and be a current Natural Stone Insitute member or paid the certificate admin fee .  With these resources, safety managers may administer these same training courses to their employees. The Silica & Safety Certificate includes the following courses:

General Awareness (2.5 Hours)

  • Creating a Safety Program- Where To Start
  • Basics of OSHA Compliance
  • No Place for Complacency    
  • Onsite OSHA Consultation
  • Requirements for Personal Protective Equipment

Silica (3 Hour)

  • Silicosis: An Industry Guide to Awareness and Prevention
  • Silica Exposure Standard and OSHA Compliance
  • Toolbox Talk: What is Crystalline Silica?
  • Toolbox Talk: Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention
  • Implementing a Silica Exposure Control Plan for Your Company
  • How To Use the OSHA Voluntary Inspection Program to Monitor Silica Exposure

Safe Slab Handling (4.5 Hours)

  • Overview of Stone-Related Accidents
  • Safe Slab Handling
  • Slab Fall Shadow
  • Employee and Customer Training
  • Material Handling Containers    
  • Material Handling and Flatbed Trucks
  • Handling Slabs with Overhead Cranes
  • Handling Slabs with Forklifts
  • Handling Slabs with Slings and Clamps

Associated Materials (Recommended for Download)

Upon completion of all 20 courses, applicants will be asked to submit an evaluation checklist.  This checklist will be reviewed by the Natural Stone Institute.  Participants who meet all requirements will then be issued a certificate of completion.  To download the program checklist, please click here.

RECOMMENDATION: Participants are encouraged to share this program with their insurance carrier to discuss potential discounts on insurance premiums

Program Cost:   
This Safety Certificate program is free to current Natural Stone Institute members.
There is a $599 fee for non-member participants to cover the administrative costs of this certificate program.

1 Year of Membership with the Natural Stone Institute is $1000*.  Membership includes Current Dimension Stone Design Manual ($100 Value), Safety Poster Set ($125 Value), Health & Safety Video Series ($199 Value), and Full and Free Access to the Natural Stone University ($50 Value Per Course Per Student)    

*Quarterly or Semi-Annual subscription plan is available for membership dues



Courses in Silica & Slab Safety Certificate
  • SS301: Creating Your Facility Safety Program

    Join us as we discuss creating a stone industry safety program.  Review an inspection checklist and safety policies that will help prepare your company for the unexpected. Leave this session with a safety program that addresses overall training, recordkeeping, noise and silica exposure, baseline testing, and a number of issues your employees will encounter.

  • SS105: Basics of OSHA Compliance for the Natural Stone Industry

    Course Description

    The Occupational Safety and Health Act, which was passed in 1970, is a nationwide program established by the federal government to protect workers from physical harm on the job.  This module will discuss the history of the program and what to expect if an OSHA compliance officer visits your facility.

  • SS205: OSHA On-Site Consultation Program

    The OSHA On-site voluntary consultation program conducted nearly 28,000 visits to small businesses in 2016, covering over 1.1 million workers nationwide.  This session will discuss the OSHA voluntary consultation program, what is involved and how companies can take advantage of this federally funded program.

  • SI110: Requirements for Personal Protective Equipment

    Course Description

    Regardless of the installation application, it is critical to wear the right PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment.  This training module will help you understand the requirements for PPE.

  • SS111: Silicosis: An Industry Guide to Awareness and Prevention

    For hundreds of years, silicosis has been a serious occupational health issue for workers in mining, quarrying, stone cutting, stone grinding, and other occupations where crystalline silica dust is generated.  This session will discuss what silicosis is and what measures should be taken to prevent the disease.

  • SS107: No Place for Complacency- Keep Safety Active

    Did you know 96% of injuries in the work place are caused by unsafe actions?  This session will discuss the difference between an unsafe workplace and unsafe action.  We will also talk about strategies for measuring and planning a safe work environment for your employees.

  • SS212: Silica Exposure Standard and OSHA Compliance

    How is the stone industry addressing the OSHA silica rule change? What are leading stone professionals doing NOW to reduce silica exposure for their employees? What are the real costs associated with making your shop and business safer?  This session will prepare attendees to create a safety program that addresses silica exposure, baseline testing, and a number of issues your employees will encounter.

  • TT212: Tool Box Talk- What is Crystalline Silica?

    Over- exposure to respirable crystalline silica particles can lead to serious, sometimes fatal illnesses including silicosis, lung cancer, tuberculosis (in those with silicosis), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In addition, silica exposure has been linked to other illnesses including renal disease and other cancers. Silicosis is a progressive disease and there is no cure upon its onset, thus minimizing your exposure to respirable crystalline silica is the key to prevention.


  • TT236: Toolbox Talk: Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention

    Exposure to crystalline silica often occurs as part of common workplace operations involving cutting, sawing, drilling, grinding/sanding and crushing of natural and engineered stone products such as granite and slate and also in the quarrying of these materials. Over-exposure can lead to serious, sometimes fatal illnesses including silicosis, lung cancer, tuberculosis (in those with silicosis) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The best method to prevent a crystalline silica exposure related disease is to minimize exposure to crystalline silica.

    Target Audience: Fabricators, Installers, Stone Distributors, Quarriers

  • SS313: Implementing a Silica Exposure Control Plan

    Every stone fabrication facility is required by OSHA to have a Silica Exposure Control Plan (ECP). This course is designed to help stone companies create and implement a Silica ECP and highlight available resources. 

  • SS315: How To Use the OSHA Voluntary Inspection Program to Monitor Silica Exposure

    This course provides an overview of the OSHA Voluntary Inspection Program and explains how to use this program to monitor employee silica exposure. It will discuss perceived myths about OSHA and showcase how OSHA truly conducts their inspections.  Come away with a plan to measure employee silica exposure at your facility.

  • SS100: Overview of Stone-Related Accidents

    The Safe Slab Handling Series was created by the Natural Stone Institute Safety Committee in order to create safe working environments for employees and customers.  This 8 part series will provide employers with the ability to review safety policies, provide education and prepare employees for work situations.

  • SS101: Safe Slab Handling

    When learning the basics of slab handling, it is important to understand the dynamics of the stone slab and why they can be unwieldy and extremely dangerous if not handled properly.  This module will discuss the characteristics of stone and what precautions should be taken to insure safe movement of slabs.

  • SS102: Slab Fall Shadow

    The most dangerous area around stone slabs is the fall shadow.  This module will define the fall shadow and discuss what precautions employees and customers should take to insure their safety when viewing and moving slabs.

  • SS110: Employee and Customer Training

    Course Description

    If a stone shop, showroom, warehouse or yard is hazardous for trained employees, imagine the hazard to unsuspecting customers!.  This session will discuss the potential hazards in a slab yard and how best to mitigate risk for employees and customers.

  • SS201: Material Handling Containers

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Workplace Safety Module

    One of the most dangerous activities in the stone industry involves unloading a container of slabs at your place of business.  Because the container holds multiple slabs, there are several opportunities for accidents to happen if the unloading process is not precisely correct.  This module will review the best practices for extracting materials from containers.

  • SS202: Material Handling and Flatbed Trucks

    When handling slabs in a controlled environment like a warehouse, distribution center, outdoor slab storage yard or fabrication facility, you have the benefit of familiarity both with the environment and associated personnel.  Take the show on the road to another stone facility or job site and it is an entirely different story.  This session will discuss elements you should consider when loading and unloading flatbed trucks at a jobsite or distribution center.

  • SS210: Handling Slabs with Overhead Cranes

    In this presentation, we discuss crane, hoist and sling procedures that are generally accepted as best practices in the stone industry. The procedures have been created to limit your exposure to the hazards associated with overhead cranes, lifting loads and moving suspended loads.  Following the procedures in this video module will help prevent serious injuries to you and your fellow associates resulting from overloading, dropping or slipping of the load, obstructing the passage of the load and using equipment in a manner for which it was not designed by the manufacturer.

  • SS220: Handling Slabs with Forklifts

    There are two major methods for moving slabs in most stone environments – overhead cranes and forklifts. This educational module will focus the dos and don’ts when moving slabs with forklifts.

  • SS230: Handling Slabs with Slings and Clamps

    One of the major causes of serious accidents involving natural stone slab handling is faulty equipment.  Making sure that all tools and supplies used in the process are in good working order is the easiest way to control accidents.  This module will review policies for inspecting clamps, slings, cables, nuts and bolts.