Silica and Slab Safety Certificate
The Natural Stone Institute provides safety training for employees in the natural stone industry. This 4-6 hour online certificate provides training materials for preventing silicosis, safe slab handling, and creating a safety program.
Employers have multiple options to administer this certificate program:
- Provide each employee with online access to complete all 17 courses. Access the courses here.
- Designate a safety manager to administer the courses in an in-person environment at the facility. Contact the NSI education department to learn more.
- Participate in a half-day workshop during an industry trade show or hosted by NSI member distributors and suppliers. Details will be announced soon.
Track your progress towards completion of the Silica and Slab Safety Certificate in your course library or using the downloadable course checklist. When all courses have been completed, required reading materials have been downloaded, and exams have been passed, participants can complete the final verification course to confirm details and generation an official certificate of completion. Once all courses have been completed including downloading required reading materials and passing the exam, participants should complete the final verification course which confirms details and generates your certificate of completion.
To get started, access each course individually below, or add them all to your library by clicking the 'Add 17 courses to My Courses' button above.
These courses and the information contained therein are written as general guidelines and for educational purposes only. The Natural Stone Institute and its Member companies have neither liability nor can they be responsible to any person or entity for any misunderstanding, misuses, or misapplication of this general information that would cause loss or damage of any kind, including loss of rights, material, damage to property or personal injury, or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the educational information and general guidelines contained in this document and the materials provided. The user understands and acknowledges that it shall be solely responsible for utilizing, applying and implementing the educational information and general guidelines in their particular business and its operations and the user holds the Natural Stone Institute harmless from any associated damages, claims or injuries resulting from the same.
SS301: Creating a Stone Industry Safety Program
This session covers the basics of creating a safety program for your stone company. Review an inspection checklist and safety policies that can help prepare your company for the unexpected. Learn how to create a safety program that incorporates training and recordkeeping to address issues your employees will encounter, including noise and silica exposure.
SS205: Safety Excellence with OSHA’s SHARP Program
Learn what OSHA looks for in an overall safety and health management system. Discover how your company can be recognized by OSHA’s Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
SI110: Requirements for Personal Protective Equipment
Regardless of the installation application, it is critical to wear the right PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment. This session 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
This session provides an overview of daily hazards in the stone industry and how to create a safer work environment. By recognizing hazards, identifying common areas of complacency, and reviewing best practices for management, stone companies can work to “keep safety active” and ensure the safety of employees and customers.
SS212: Silica Exposure & Employee Safety
This course provides an overview of the risk of silicosis and explains how companies can ensure compliance to current OSHA standards. Learn about air monitoring, baseline testing, sampling, and additional testing resources.
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: OSHA Voluntary On-Site Consultation
This course provides an overview of the OSHA On-Site Consultation Program and explains how to use this program to monitor employee silica exposure. Review perceived myths about OSHA and discover how OSHA truly conducts their inspections. Learn how to create a plan to measure employee silica exposure at your facility.
SS101: Safe Slab Handling: Overview
Stone slabs can be unwieldly and dangerous if not handled properly. A typical slab can weigh from 800 to over 1,000 pounds. When grouped together in a bundle of five or six slabs, the weight can go up to 5,000 pounds or more. Gain a better understanding of the safety precautions needed when moving and working with slabs in this introductory course.
SS102: Safe Slab Handing: Fall Shadow
The most dangerous area around stone slabs is the fall shadow. This session will define the fall shadow and discuss what precautions employees and customers should take to ensure their safety when viewing and moving slabs.
SS110: Safe Slab Handling: Employee & Customer Training
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: Safe Slab Handling: Containers
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 session will review the best practices for extracting materials from containers.
SS202: Safe Slab Handling: 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: Safe Slab Handling: Overhead Cranes
This session covers best practices for crane, hoist, and sling procedures in the stone industry. These 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 course will help prevent serious injuries 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: Safe Slab Handling: Forklifts
There are two major methods for moving slabs in most stone environments – overhead cranes and forklifts. This session will focus on the do’s and don’ts when moving slabs with forklifts.
SS230: Safe Slab Handling: 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 session will review policies for inspecting clamps, slings, cables, nuts, and bolts.
Final Verification: Silica & Slab Safety Certificate
The final step to receiving your Silica & Slab Safety Certificate is to complete the exam tied to this course which verifies you have successfully completed the the training. Participants who meet all requirements will be issued a certificate of completion which can be downloaded in your transcript.