Cleveland, OH — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Marble Institute of America have renewed an alliance to provide MIA members and others with information and training resources that will help them continue to protect employees’ safety and health, the MIA announced.
During the initial two-year alliance, OSHA and MIA worked together to develop and communicate information to help the association’s member employers and employees recognize and prevent job-related hazards, including exposure to silica and hazards related to handling slabs of stone. The alliance also has developed training and education programs for employers and employees.
“MIA’s alliance with OSHA has had a very positive impact on the safety awareness of the natural stone industry and on the tools made available to help train employees and improve job safety,” said Gary Distelhorst, executive v.p. of the Cleveland, OH-based MIA.
The MIA represents professionals working with all types of natural stone, including marble, granite, limestone, quartz-based stone, slate travertine and other materials.