Marble Institute of America (MIA)+Building Stone Institute (BSI) has launched the Natural Stone University, an online education tool for stone industry professionals.

“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,” said Jon Lancto, MIA's vice president.

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.

The next phase of courses will include quarrier safety. “Our goal is to create a safer and more productive workforce through education,” said Aaron Dahnke, MIA+BSI's education manager.

MIA+BSI would like to thank the companies that have sponsored the Natural Stone University: Braxton Bragg, Terminator, Polycor, Atlas Copco, Braxton Bragg, Custom Building Products, Laticrete, the National Building Granite Quarries Association, Polycor, the Rockhead Group and Terminator Diamond Products.

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