Handling Concrete Chemicals On The Job Site: Safety Tips To Follow


Most of the time, when you buy concrete you get the mixture already pre-mixed. However, this isn't always the case and sometimes you have to mix your concrete yourself. Or, you have to work with concrete chemicals in the application process, depending on the project and how intricate the work is. You can buy concrete accessories or rent the same at your local concrete accessories and supply store. You can also hire someone to mix and prep your concrete for you. 

Regardless of how you manage your concrete projects, when you have chemicals on-site, such as concrete chemicals, you want to make sure you know how to keep everyone safe. Make sure everyone on your staff has taken a chemical safety course that can be provided at a local community college or trade school, or may even be offered online.

Here are some tips when working with concrete chemicals.

Assign a team to work with the mixing and application of chemicals

To avoid having concrete chemicals getting into the wrong hands or getting misplaced, have one team handle the concrete chemicals at all times. This can be a team that also signs out the chemicals whenever they use them. The chemicals should always be used in a ventilated area, preferably outdoors, and should never be left unattended.

Have a portable wash station

If you don't have an eye and hand wash station on-site, you need to have one set up. This is a wash station designed to clean out the eyes and other areas that have been exposed to chemicals while working. If your crew is wearing their glasses, masks, and gloves when handling equipment and concrete chemicals, there should be less likeliness that these safety measures should be needed. However, accidents happen, so make sure you have a portable wash station always available.

Do your research

Not all chemicals are the same and all of them have their own dangers and the way they need to be handled and cleaned up in the event of a spill. Concrete chemicals, for example, can cause caustic burns. Since there are several applications for concrete chemicals for various uses, such as stopping or speeding up a curing process or even removing concrete from other surfaces, it's wise to know what you're working with before you start any project or open any containers of concrete chemicals. Don't allow anyone to use these chemicals until you know their potential dangers.


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