Each day thousands of yards of ready mixed concrete are delivered and placed safely. However there continues to be instances where allergic reactions or burns from concrete occur. Some of these burns are quite serious. Burns may occur particularly by those who are unfamiliar with handling concrete properly, such as home owners or do-it-yourselfers. To help eliminate these types of allergic reactions or burns all of us need to be aware of the dangers of ready mixed concrete if it is not handled properly. There are a few simple practices that you need in order to protect yourself. Personal protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, water proof boots and gloves are the last line of defense for those who work with fresh concrete. They are not a substitute for a good working knowledge of the effects of skin to portland cement contact and simple techniques and precautions that protect the construction trade and do-it-yourselfers.
What are cement burns? This is a common question. One of the difficult things about concrete burns is that it affects a persons skin in a number of different ways. Some people have hypersensitive skin and cannot tolerate any contact with cement. Concrete related skin problems are most commonly termed as “Contact Dermatitis” There are two types of “Contact Dermatitis”, irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis. Irritant contact dermatitis typically has a rash or redness caused by contact with the skin. Allergic contact dermatitis is caused by skin contact with a chemical that penetrates the skin and triggers the reaction. This involves an immune response to the skin very similar to poison ivy. The immune response is a rash and thus may appear in areas where the concrete did not come in contact with the skin, just like poison ivy. The allergic reaction may exhibit itself as mundane as a small rash and may be as horrific as a severe burn to those who are super sensitive. Buckeye Ready Mix treats all cement burns seriously no matter the size. All of our trucks have a bright red, white and black placard fixed on the left side of the main chute in order to constantly remind all of our employees and customers of the danger associate with handling fresh portland cement concrete. Here is what the placard looks like.
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