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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. 
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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? 
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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 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 
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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. 
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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 
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Additionally, 
those working 
with cement 
should follow 
basic guidelines 
for protecting 
the skin. 
Keep reading to learn the 10 tips… 
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
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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. 
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10 TIPS FOR WORKING SAFELY AROUND CEMENT 
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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. 
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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. 
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Example of 
Cement Rash
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Remove Gloves Carefully 
When taking off gloves, make sure 
not to touch the outside of the 
gloves with your fingers. 
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Clean PPE 
Clean gloves and other 
PPE daily. 
Old PPE that can no 
longer be cleaned 
adequately should 
be thrown away. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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 
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. 
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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 
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. 
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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. 
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10 Tips for Working Safely Around Cement

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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