NPCA answers technical and safety website questions by phone as well as on online articles and blog posts daily. Comments are one of the many ways NPCA professional staff and committees are informed of what topics precast concrete producers, suppliers and others in the industry are interested in gaining more information about.
The safety topic that generates the most comments on precast.org is Cement Burns. Written in 2010, the article informs readers how direct contact with wet concrete can potentially cause skin damage and lists preventative steps a precaster can take to avoid damage from occurring. Many commenters have expressed gratitude for the information.
As a routine hazard still faced by precasters today, NPCA’s Safety Health and Environmental Committee created an updated document to address all skin-related issues in the precast plant. The document explains how employees can be exposed to many different skin irritants in the workplace, not just cement burns. Furthermore, Preventing Cement Burns, an article in the January-February issue of Precast Inc., lists Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards employers are required to comply with to protect employees.
The SHE committee encourages you to continue to leave comments on articles and blog posts or to contact Evan Gurley with suggestions, concerns and topics to keep Safety Hot Topics relevant for the entire safety community.