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Guide to handling concrete safely

We place health and safety in all our operations as our first priority. It is always important to ensure the safety of the people involved, no matter the size or location of the job. With this in mind we strongly recommend that you take the time to read our Concrete Health and Safety and Guide to PPE and concrete burns downloadable PDFs, we also recommend to watch our Health and Safety video.

What is the risk from contact with wet concrete?

Suitable protective clothing including impervious gloves, long sleeves, eye protection, and boots should always be worn when handling concrete as wet concrete, mortar and screed are strong alkalis. As detailed in our Guide to PPE and concrete burns PDF, contact with the skin or eyes may cause serious burns and ulceration, or an acute allergic reaction in some cases.

What is the risk with equipment used to lay concrete?

If used incorrectly, all equipment used to lay concrete can present a potential risk. It is always worth ensuring those involved in the laying of the concrete understand the operating process of the equipment used before a job starts.

An adequate 'exclusion zone' should always be applied where a converyor or pump is in use to unload the concrete to ensure everyone is a safe distance away from the equipment.

What are the risks of slips, trips and lifting?

Wet concrete makes surfaces very slippery and it is also heavy so precaution should be taken when lifting.

For more information please visit our 'How to lay concrete' page.

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