Cement, one of the most widely used construction materials, plays major roles in the construction industry.
Although thousands of workers handling cement do not suffer from immediate health and safety issues, they should understand completely the hazards associated with the procedures relating to its use, application, and handling.
The impact on workers’ health
Exposure to cement can cause illnesses through a variety of means: direct skin contact, inhalation, and even eye contact. The level of injury or severity of the disease depends on the length of exposure, as well as the affected person’s sensitivity to it and the amount of the hazardous material exposed to. The risk of injury depends on duration and level of exposure and individual sensitivity.
When it comes to wet concrete dust and mortar, exposure to its hazardous materials, including lime and other alkaline compounds such can cause the human tissue to corrode. In addition, even the smallest amounts of crystalline silica can cause skin and lung damage. Chromium, which cement also contains, can result in allergic reactions.
Hazards posed by skin contact
Wet cement causes bodily injuries and lung damage to their hazardous properties, including their dryness, abrasiveness, and causticness.
Short term contact of wet concrete with skin can cause little irritation, as long as you immediately and thoroughly wash it. Failure to do so can cause burning because it only takes a short amount of time for the alkaline compounds to seep into the skin. Skin ulcers can also develop; injuries that do not only take a long time to heal but often involve hospitalization and skin grafting procedure as well.
Inhaling cement dust
The worst kind of exposure to cement is through inhalation. Short-term exposure can already cause eye nose and throat irritation that can lead to difficulty in breathing. Repeated and prolonged exposure can cause debilitating health effects, including silicosis and lung cancer.
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