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Cement safety can reduce injuries at work

Many workers in Pennsylvania regularly come into contact with cement, which can actually be caustic to skin after exposure. At Friday & Cox LLC, our attorneys have seen the damage common workplace substances like cement can cause to employees when proper safety procedures have not been undertaken. That's why both employers as well as workers must make it a point to create a safe environment when cement work is a standard occurrence.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration lists important safety considerations that must be adhered to for all those working with cement. Cement can become trapped under jewelry, so items like rings or watches should not be worn when working. If exposure does occur, workers should clean the area immediately using the right type soap and water that is tepid in temperature. Certain cleansers or lotions, such as those containing skin softeners, can cause further irritation by increasing the absorption of cement.

However, proper protective gear will prevent skin contact from occurring in the first place. Ensuring that arms remain completely covered is crucial in this case, which can be accomplished by wearing long sleeves and appropriate gloves. Gloves should be maintained correctly to ensure they remain viable, and in the event they become excessively worn they should be discarded.

Knowing what sort of health effects cement exposure can cause is also useful. Burns caused by cement can occur without any instances of initial discomfort, and will often lead to further damage if they are not readily identified and treated. Burns are characterized by swelling or blistering, and in some cases skin may take on a greenish or blackish hue. Allergies to cement may also develop over time, which can result in severe episodes of inflammation. Learn more about the damage certain workplace substances can cause by visiting our website. 

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