The Natural Stone Institute’s updated “Silica & Slab Safety Certificate” online learning is focussed on preventing silicosis, safe slab handling, and creating a safety program

The logo of the Silica & Slab Safety Certificate.

Update: The Natural Stone Institute will present a live version of their new Silica & Slab Safety Certificate on Tuesday, January 23 from 1:00pm-5:00pm at StonExpo at TISE in Las Vegas. During this session, attendees will learn the key components of a stone fabrication safety
program and gain insights into safe slab handling and reducing exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS).

The Natural Stone Institute has released an update of its Silica & Slab Safety Certificate. This online learning consists of 17 courses focused on OSHA visits, silica safety and slab handling best practices.

Each course is about 20 minutes, and the full certificate can be completed in a little over 4 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, HR 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 (Mail).
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 non-members for US$199. To access the Silica & Slab Safety Certificate, visit For additional silica information and resources, visit

Source: NSI