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Natural Stone University Offers Internship Resources for Stone Companies

Posted on 05 November 2021 by cradmin

A 15-week Internship Resource Bundle is now available in the Natural Stone University. These resources, developed by Women in Stone, are ideal for students pursuing a degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or interior design. This set of tools will make it easier for stone companies to open their doors to students to help nurture an appreciation and preference for natural stone in their future projects. The turn-key templates allow assignments and learning outcomes to be documented throughout the program, benefitting both student and professor.

The Internship Resource Bundle includes a detailed syllabus and templates for assignments, including:
• Weekly Journals
• Online Learning through the Natural Stone University
• One-on-One Informational Interview
• Midterm Evaluation
• Work Samples
• Final Evaluation

Courses included in the bundle cover topics relevant to the stone industry, including geology, silicosis and accident prevention, stone testing and specifying, and design trends. This resource can also be used to onboard new employees or prequalify workers for jobs in the stone industry. To access this bundle, which is available free of charge to the industry, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/internship.

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Natural Stone Institute Adds to Toolbox Talks for Quarriers

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Natural Stone Institute Adds to Toolbox Talks for Quarriers

Posted on 12 December 2019 by cradmin

The Natural Stone Institute, in coordination with the National Building Granite Quarries Association (NBGQA), has added three toolbox talks for quarriers to the Natural Stone University. Topics include the following:

• Fall Arrest System Regulations
• Highwall Management and Use of Drones
• Quarry Slab Tipping Safety

There are now a total of 27 quarry-specific toolbox talks available in the University, covering topics ranging from personal health and human safety to the safe use of equipment such as wire saws and preventing silicosis.

Mike Loflin, Industry Research & Information Manager for the Natural Stone Institute commented: “These quarry-specific resources are an important addition to our library of safety resources. The information provided is the cumulative work of the NBGQA safety committee. The NBGQA safety committee consists of some of the most talented safety officers, operations managers, and human resources professionals in the natural stone industry. Over the last several years, the committee has identified issues and provided seriously needed safety solutions for the quarry sector of the dimension stone industry. We are proud to partner with NBGQA to present these resources free of charge to the industry through the Natural Stone University.”

To access these toolbox talks and other educational resources, visit www.uofstone.org.

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MIA+BSI Adds Silicosis Training Resource to Natural Stone University

Posted on 04 August 2017 by cradmin

miabsi-natural-stone-universityMIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute has added a new silicosis training resource to the Natural Stone University. This resource, entitled “Silicosis: An Industry Guide to Awareness and Prevention,” is divided into three sections:
• What Is Silicosis?: An Industry Guide to Awareness and Prevention
• Air Quality Test Methods
• Safety Precautions for Workers

“This is an important addition to our library of online safety resources,” said Aaron Dahnke, MIA+BSI Education Manager. “This training tool serves as a review and opportunity to update the people who work in our industry about this preventable illness.”

Overexposure 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. Minimizing your exposure to respirable crystalline silica is the key to prevention.

Shop owners who have implemented strict new housekeeping rules and controls have been able to achieve levels that are below the new OSHA Action Level (25 µg/m³). The effective date for OSHA’s new silica exposure standard for General Industry (fabricators) is June 23, 2018. The Construction Standard, covering workers in the field, becomes enforceable September 23, 2017.

To access this resource, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/university

You may also be interested in this Health & Safety Watch article regarding silica exposure.

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MIA+BSI Launches Natural Stone University

Posted on 05 December 2016 by cradmin

miabsi-natural-stone-universityMIA+BSI  announced the launch of the Natural Stone University, an online education tool for stone industry professionals. Safety will be the primary focus during the first phase of the Natural Stone University. All safety courses and materials have been made available free of charge, courtesy of the MIA+BSI safety committee. Courses include modules on safe slab handling, installation, OSHA compliance, and CNC operation. Toolbox Talks are also available. Each course includes video and written components, as well as a closing quiz to test knowledge gained from the course. The system will also record transcripts for all who pass tests and meet competency for the courses. Courses can be taken by individuals or downloaded by managers to be administered in group settings.

2016 MIA Vice President Jon Lancto commented: “Our industry will be thrilled to offer this groundbreaking, consistent, and verifiable method to teach and test competency of employees and associates. This tool will cover everything from safety to sealers and will expand over time to meet all the needs of our industry.” Nate Schultz (Innovative Surfaces, Inc.) remarked: “I became involved with this initiative because I thought it was the missing link, an opportunity to provide others with a resource that I wished would have been around years ago. By providing your staff the opportunity to partake in these courses you can feel confident that their career in the stone industry is being built on the proper foundation.” MIA+BSI Education Manager Aaron Dahnke stated: “Our goal is to create a safer and more productive workforce through education.” The next phase of courses will include quarrier safety. Visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/university to view available courses.


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