(a) Identify activities on a construction site that may expose workers to cement or material containing cement.
(b) Identify the harmful effects to workers which could result from contact with cement.
Workers on a construction site may be exposed to cement or material containing cement whilst carrying out the following operations:
- Opening dry cement bags or disposing of the old bags;
- Shovelling dry and mixing wet cement;
- Pouring wet cement into voids or foundations;
- Levelling wet cement; and
- Laying bricks, blocks or paving.
Identifying harmful effects such as
- Irritation or inflammation of the eyes,
- Dermatitis whether contact or sensitizing,
- Irritation to the nose and throat,
- Respiratory irritation and chest complaints,
- Cement burns or ulcers from contact with wet cement,
- Silicosis if exposed to silica in cement or cement products and
- The possibility of musculoskeletal injuries as a result of lifting and carrying bags of cement.
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