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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
Cement is a common element at 
many worksites across the country. 
As an ingr...
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
While concrete and many other cement-containing 
materials may look benign, t...
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
On the pH scale, cement is very 
alkaline (the opposite of acidic) 
with a pH...
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
Exposures can cause: 
• Dry Skin 
• Irritant Contact Dermatitis (pain, itchin...
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
To prevent these often chronic conditions, employers and 
workers need to tak...
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
Additionally, 
those working 
with cement 
should follow 
basic guidelines 
f...
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
1 
Wear Your PPE 
First and foremost, protect the skin from cement. 
Gloves –...
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
2 
Wash Skin 
Appropriately 
Wash hands after work 
and always before eating....
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
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If cement gets on clothing, change. 
Cement can quickly soak through clot...
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
4 
Remove Gloves Carefully 
When taking off gloves, make sure 
not to touch ...
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
5 
Clean PPE 
Clean gloves and other 
PPE daily. 
Old PPE that can no 
longe...
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
6 
Don’t Wear Jewelry 
Cement can easily get caught in rings, 
watches and o...
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
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Don’t Use Barrier Creams at Work 
Because cement causes dry skin, workers...
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
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Change Clothes at Work 
Many cement workers inadvertently 
expose family ...
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
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Wash Work Clothes Separately 
As an added precaution, it’s a good idea 
t...
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
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Have symptoms? See a Doctor 
Skin problems associated with cement are 
q...
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
PLAY IT SAFE! 
If you experience ANY 
symptoms of cement-related 
skin disor...
10 Tips for Working Safely Around Cement
10 Tips for Working Safely Around Cement
10 Tips for Working Safely Around Cement
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10 Tips for Working Safely Around Cement

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Cement has been used for so many years around the world as a staple of engineering,construction and all-around building projects, but so little has been taught about the potential hazards that are hidden within this seemingly simple and innocent compound.

Cement rash and cement burns are among the most common causes of accidents or injuries having to do with cement. To learn more about cement safety please read this informative article: https://www.realsafety.org/2014/08/cement-safety-guidelines-for-protecting-your-skin/ .

This quick study on those dangers can help you more quickly detect, recognize and avoid them fairly easily with just a small bit of knowledge on how cement works and what the underlying reason for the injuries is.

Creative Safety Supply offers many of the PPE elements required to to work safely with cement and we encourage you to visit our website to see for yourself that quality, price and, most importantly, your safety, are top priority for us: http://www.creativesafetysupply.com

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10 Tips for Working Safely Around Cement

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  2. 2. 2 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT Cement is a common element at many worksites across the country. As an ingredient in materials like concrete, plaster, mortar, stucco, terrazzo and tile grout, workers throughout the construction industry deal with cement on a regular and ongoing basis. 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360
  3. 3. 3 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT While concrete and many other cement-containing materials may look benign, they actually create a number of hazards for workers. So what makes cement dangerous? 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360
  4. 4. 4 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT On the pH scale, cement is very alkaline (the opposite of acidic) with a pH of 12 to 13. Because human skin has a very different/ low pH of 4.5 (slightly acidic), this creates a problem. The pH of wet cement is one billion times higher than skin, which means the skin is easily irritated by exposure to cement. Graph provided by National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association, USA 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360
  5. 5. 5 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT Exposures can cause: • Dry Skin • Irritant Contact Dermatitis (pain, itching, blisters, scabs, swelling, etc.) • Allergic Contact Dermatitis (an immune response) • Cement Burns (These have symptoms like regular burns, but employees may not realize they are in danger until significant damage has occurred.) These conditions can be serious and difficult to treat. 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360
  6. 6. 6 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT To prevent these often chronic conditions, employers and workers need to take steps to prevent cement exposure. At worksites that use cement, employers should provide: • 5 to 7 gallons of running water per person for hand washing • pH neutral or slightly acidic soap • PPE like gloves and rubber boots 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360
  7. 7. 7 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT Additionally, those working with cement should follow basic guidelines for protecting the skin. Keep reading to learn the 10 tips… 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360
  8. 8. 8 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 1 Wear Your PPE First and foremost, protect the skin from cement. Gloves – Wash hands before donning gloves. If your hands have cement on them, the gloves will hold it against your skin. Dirty hands with gloves are no safer than hands without gloves. Rubber Boots – Tuck pants into boots and tape around the edges. Long Sleeves – Tuck into gloves and tape around the edges. 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360
  9. 9. 9 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 2 Wash Skin Appropriately Wash hands after work and always before eating. Use a pH neutral or slightly acidic soap. Most soaps are actually slightly alkaline, which can exacerbate skin irritation in cement workers. 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360
  10. 10. 10 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 3 If cement gets on clothing, change. Cement can quickly soak through clothing and reach the skin. If cement is left on the skin too long, it can cause cement burns. These burns can be severe and require hospitalization. They can cause blisters, hardening of the skin and discoloration. 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360 Example of Cement Rash
  11. 11. 11 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 4 Remove Gloves Carefully When taking off gloves, make sure not to touch the outside of the gloves with your fingers. 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360
  12. 12. 12 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 5 Clean PPE Clean gloves and other PPE daily. Old PPE that can no longer be cleaned adequately should be thrown away. 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360
  13. 13. 13 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 6 Don’t Wear Jewelry Cement can easily get caught in rings, watches and other jewelry, and once it’s caught, it will be held against the skin. Remove all jewelry before beginning work. 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360
  14. 14. 14 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 7 Don’t Use Barrier Creams at Work Because cement causes dry skin, workers may be tempted to use hand lotion. These creams can actually trap cement particles and seal them against the skin, though, which creates a real hazard. If you do use lotions, only do so at home after showering. 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360
  15. 15. 15 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 8 Change Clothes at Work Many cement workers inadvertently expose family members and roommates to cement by carrying residue home on their clothes. It’s best to change out of dirty work clothes before heading home. Carry these clothes home in a plastic bag. 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360
  16. 16. 16 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 9 Wash Work Clothes Separately As an added precaution, it’s a good idea to launder work clothing separately. The washing machine can also be run without clothes in it afterward to remove any remaining cement from the machine. 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360
  17. 17. 17 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 10 Have symptoms? See a Doctor Skin problems associated with cement are quite common, but the majority of workers don’t seek medical attention. This can lead to chronic, often incurable skin disorders that can result in time away from work or even the need to change professions. 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360
  18. 18. 18 10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT PLAY IT SAFE! If you experience ANY symptoms of cement-related skin disorders, consult a medical professional and be sure to inform them about the cement hazards at your workplace. 10 Tips - Working Safely With Cement www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • 866-777-1360

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