Stone World

News: Spanish training programs

September 1, 2006


CLEVELAND, OH - Aqua Mix, a Corona, CA, manufacturer of stone and tile care products and the Marble Institute of America (MIA) are teaming up once again to translate two recently released MIA safety training programs into Spanish, the 1,500-member association has announced. As a result of this partnership, each safety video available from the MIA will be available in both English and Spanish by early summer.

“Aqua Mix is pleased to continue its relationship with MIA in making vital training programs available in Spanish to a rapidly growing segment of the population,” said E. Rick Baldini, president of Aqua Mix. “The excellent acceptance of the two programs already offered in Spanish is evidence that these programs are filling an important niche in the industry's training efforts.”

The two new programs include: Basics of Safe Stone Slab Handling, which defines the safe and proper handling of natural stone slabs in stone shops, stone yards and stone distribution facilities. The program includes sections on slab transportation, slab loading, slab storage and much more. (This program goes far beyond what was initially covered in The Basics of Stone Shop Safety video released in 2004 by MIA.)

Basics of OSHA Compliance, which demonstrates the importance of compliance with OSHA regulations and calls out the top infractions that can result in fines, citations and other penalties. The program was produced with the cooperation and involvement of OSHA.

“We are pleased that Aqua Mix is working with us again to broaden the educational opportunities for the entire stone industry,” said Ken Krebs of OHM International, 2006 president of MIA.