Health & Safety Watch: June is National Safety Month

Join the National Safety Council (NSC) in observing June as National Safety Month. In doing so the organization offers free materials to share in order to create a culture of safety in the workplace. Each week in June NSC provides materials focused on a different topic. This year’s topics include … Read more

Natural Stone Institute Announces New Spanish Resource Page

The Natural Stone Institute announced its new webpage that allows easier access to Spanish language translations of safety and membership resources for the stone industry. This new page presents links to free safety resources, including downloadable documents, toolbox talks and course bundles in the Natural Stone University. It also includes … Read more

Natural Stone Institute Debuts Silica & Slab Safety Certificate Program

The Natural Stone Institute has announced the debut of a new safety resource for stone fabricators and distributors. The Silica & Slab Safety Certificate is an 8-hour online certificate that provides training material for silicosis prevention, slab handing and creating a safety program. This program, comprised of 20 courses, is … Read more

Caesarstone Introduces Master of Stone Program

Caesarstone, manufacturer of quartz surfaces, has taken the lead on safety standards for the industry with the launch of MASTER OF STONE. The extensive program was created for fabricators and their employees and it focuses on issues of health and safety in the workplace with a special emphasis on creating … Read more

Webinar: Analysis of Family First Coronavirus Response Act

This recorded webinar shared March 24, 2020, by Allied Construction Industries helps businesses understand and navigate the emergency rules set forth by HR 2601 – the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” It focuses on how these emergency guidelines may affect your business and employees. Keep in mind this does not … Read more

OSHA Releases Alert and Guidance on COVID-19

By now, we are all aware of the threat of the COVID-19 virus and what it means to quarantine, and OSHA has been working diligently to give employers as much information as possible to curb the spread of infections. Many states are now under “shelter in place” orders and have … Read more

Silicosis Scare Hits Australia, Calls for Bans

As of December 2019, confirmed cases of silicosis among countertop and construction workers rose to 260 across Australia, where countertops are known as benchtops, and some estimates have the cases at 350. The Daily Mail reports that Caesarstone was denied insurance coverage because of the silica content of its products, … Read more

Video: Safety for Customers Viewing Slabs

Safety is always at the forefront in the industry and providing for the safety of your customers is no exception. Here we have a great video from the Natural Stone Institute that may be shown to customers visiting your facility. The video explains some of the safety issues they may … Read more

New OSHA Checklist Available

The Natural Stone Institute has released a new safety checklist designed to help fabricators prepare for an OSHA inspection. Titled “Be Prepared for an OSHA Inspection,” this document contains a summary of the most frequently cited standards following inspections of fabricator worksites by OSHA. Standards are organized into four broad … Read more

NIOSH Hosts Free Silica Safety Webinar

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will be hosting a free silica safety webinar on Tuesday, May 14 at 11am PST. Designed for stone countertop fabrication employers, the webinar will describe the dangers of silica exposure, outline employer requirements to comply with OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule, … Read more