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Introducing the Silica & Slab Safety Certificate: A Resource for Employee Safety Training

The Natural Stone Institute has announced a newly updated Silica & Slab Safety Certificate. This online certificate consists of seventeen courses focused on preventing silicosis, safe slab handling and creating a safety program.

The updated certificate can be completed in 4-6 hours. The certificate includes videos, course readings, and tests. Videos have been close-captioned, and subtitles are available in many different languages, including Spanish, Portuguese and French. Christine List, human resources manager at Stone Central NY commented: “This certificate is very well done! I’ve taken all the courses and tests, and our organization is now incorporating the certificate into our training plan to help keep our employees safe.”

Employers have multiple options to administer this certificate program:

  1. Provide each employee with online access to complete all 17 courses. Access the courses here.
  2. Designate a safety manager to administer the courses in an in-person environment at the facility. Contact the NSI education department to learn more.
  3. Participate in a half-day workshop during an industry trade show or hosted by NSI member distributors and suppliers. Details will be announced soon.

NSI Board President Duane Naquin said, “Whether completing the certificate online or in-person, the importance of silicosis prevention and material handling safety is key. I encourage all employers to be proactive and make safety a critical part of your company culture.”

Safety training resources for the natural stone industry has been a priority for several decades through the NSI Safety Committee. These trainings have focused on creating a safe work environment for employees and assisting employers with best practices for their facilities. The updated certificate was made possible through the generosity of the Natural Stone Foundation.  Foundation Board President Tony Malisani shared, “Given the importance of employee safety, the Foundation is proud to partner with the NSI safety committee on this critical initiative.”

NSI members have free and unlimited access to the certificate. The certificate is also available to nonmembers for $199. To access the Silica & Slab Safety Certificate, visit For additional silica information and resources, visit

About the Natural Stone Institute
The Natural Stone Institute is a trade association representing every aspect of the natural stone industry. The current membership exceeds 2,000 members in over 50 nations. The association offers a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development opportunities, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness within the natural stone industry and in the design community for best practices and uses of natural stone. Learn more at

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