In the construction of almost every new building and home, concrete is used. Although it may seem like a harmless substance to most individuals, in actuality it can be a very dangerous substance. This is why it is important to use these safety tips when doing concrete construction. Any worker that works in a concrete construction company should have concrete safety training to make sure that they are working with concrete safely. Some of these concrete safety tips can even apply to the homeowner when they are using concrete for patios, sidewalks, etc.
Some of the safety tips are:
- If concrete comes in contact with your skin it can be very harmful. You could have a slight allergic reaction to the concrete or even a burn of your tissue. When concrete is in its still water base form could penetrate the top layers of your skin and cause burns. These burns could be so severe that they require hospitalization and maybe even surgeries to repair the burns. Try to avoid getting concrete on your skin and if you do wash it off as soon as possible.
- Make sure that when you are working with concrete that you wear long sleeved shirts and pants along with alkali resistant gloves. These can help prevent concrete from coming in contact with your skin.
- You should always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from splashes of concrete. Concrete in your eyes can cause permanent vision problems.
- Wear a mask when you are working with the powder form of concrete because the particles can become airborne and get into your lungs.
- Make sure that the area is well ventilated before you mix concrete. If you mix it outside make sure that it is not too windy as the wind can carry the dry concrete particles for miles away.
- When opening the bags of dry concrete mix open them carefully and do not just cut the bags open. When the bags are cut or opened quickly the dry particles that are released can cause mild coughing or in some cases even death. You should also have your safety goggles and a mask on when opening bags of concrete.
- Make sure before you start working with concrete that you have a hose or some water handy to clean off in case you get concrete on your skin and to wash off after you are finished working with the concrete.
Following these safety tips will help to ensure your safety and others when working with concrete whether it is a large or small project. In addition, before starting your concrete project make sure that anyone around the area has the proper safety equipment for working with concrete.