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Toolbox talk on cement safety

cement safety toolbox talk

Cement safety on-site prevent workers from cement hazards. Cement is a major cause of skin irritation in a construction site.

Consequently, the employees, especially the masons and those handling cement are at major risks.

Cement serves as an ingredient in the following materials.

  • Plaster
  • Mortar.
  • Terrazo
  • Grout.

Effects of cement on the body.

  • Skin irritation.
  • Skin burn
  • Inflammation of the eyelids.
  • It can lead to dermatitis.

Work situations that give rise to cement harm.

  • Excessive sweating from workers handling cement on-site can increase its hazardous effect. Wet-cement is caustic and abrasive. It can damage the skin very fast. 
  • When opening cement bags exposes workers to cement dust. And can cause eye redness and irritation depending on the level of exposure.
  • Kneeling on fresh concrete exposes the knee to cement and can cause damage to the knee. 
  • Different cement activities on-site can expose the worker to the risk of cement hazards. For example, pouring and mixing concrete. 
  • More so, dry cement is less hazardous than wet cement. Cement can cause respiratory allergy over a prolonged length of time. 
  • Good personal hygiene and cleanliness are needed to control the effect of this hazard.

Cement safety: How can you promote cement safety today?

  • Maintain proper personal hygiene at all times.
  • Ensure you have a good shower after work.
  • Wash and keep all your work cloth very neat.
  • Educate workers on the cement hazards and how to control them.
  • The cement safety data sheet has to be in visible places on site.
  • Report all cases of dermatitis among the worker and seek medical help immediately. Above all, the worker can only resume work until the situation improves. 
  • Change all work clothes soaked with wet cement to new cloth. 
  • Ensure you take all necessary precautions to protect yourself against cement hazards.

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