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Eye safety from Portland cement

Eye safety from Portland cement

Portland cement (often called OPC, from ordinary Portland cement) is the most common type of cement in general use worldwide, which is used as the basic ingredient of concrete, mortar. It usually originates in limestone.


Portland cement powder is corrosive. Eye contact with this can cause irritation, chemical burns and even blindness. Treatment should be immediate and effective to prevent serious eye damage.





Eye safety from Portland cement




Protecting your eyes from exposure to Portland cement:


* Wear tight glasses, not just safety glasses, when handling or being exposed to Portland cement.

* Tilt your head down to remove your safety glasses. Remove your safety glasses over your head so that the corrosive dust on the top of the glasses falls from your eyes.

* Do not wear contact lenses while handling cement.

* Use containers with secure fit lids when transporting cement dust.

* Avoid methods of handling cement dust, such as sweeping, which allows you to fly and come into contact with your eyes.


Safe workplace procedures:

Employers must warn their workers about corrosive Portland cement. They should ensure that their workers review the material safety data sheet (MSDS) on Portland cement and similar corrosive materials. They must also conduct risk assessments for jobs that expose workers to Portland cement and implement appropriate control measures.

Employers must also have specific written safety procedures for handling Portland cement and similar corrosive materials. The procedures must include the following instructions:

* Keep exposure to Portland cement and other corrosive materials to a minimum.

* When cleaning spilled or accumulated Portland cement or other corrosive materials, use a vacuum cleaner to remove or minimize dust in the air.

* Do not allow cement powder to accumulate so that you present a greater risk of eye damage. Perform periodic cleaning.



What to do if your eyes have been exposed to Portland cement

What to do if your eyes have been exposed to Portland cement


* Start emergency eye rinsing immediately and request first aid. Immediate treatment is important to avoid severe burns in the cornea of the eye.

* If you wear contact lenses, try to remove them as soon as possible, but do not delay rinsing.

* Rinse your eyes thoroughly with water for at least 30 minutes, even under the covers, to remove all particles.




What the first aid attendant should know and do:

First aid assistants should follow these steps when treating someone whose eyes have been exposed to Portland cement or similar corrosive materials:

* Start rinsing your eyes immediately and continue rinsing for 30 minutes depending on the clock.

* Conduct the primary survey to determine if there are life-threatening injuries while continuing to rinse.

* If the worker wears contact lenses, try to remove them, but do not allow this step to delay rinsing.

* Examine the eyes and remove the remaining particles from behind the eyelids with a wet applicator.

* Continue rinsing until emergency medical services arrive or while heading for medical assistance.

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