Preventing Skin Problems from Working with Portland Cement

Be aware of skin problems associated with exposure to portland cement and how to prevent these skin problems

Employees who work with portland cement are at risk of developing skin problems. Wet portland cement can damage the skin because it is caustic, abrasive and absorbs moisture. Dry portland cement is less hazardous to the skin because it is not as caustic as wet cement.

Portland cement is an ingredient in:

  • concrete
  • mortar
  • plaster
  • grout
  • stucco
  • terrazzo

Examples of employees who may be exposed to the dangers of wet portland cement products include bricklayers, carpenters, cement masons, concrete finishers, hod carriers,
1 laborers, plasterers, tile setters, terrazzo workers, ready-mixed concrete truck drivers,
bucket and buggy operators, and those involved in pouring and finishing work.