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Cement: health effects

​Cement can harm your health in a number of ways. A worker in the UK had been kneeling in cement, his legs had been burned by the chemicals and despite treatment, his right leg had to be amputated.

Cement is one of the most widely used construction materials. Unless used safely, it can cause:

  • cement burns to the skin
  • irritant dermatitis
  • allergic dermatitis
  • serious chemical burns, irritation and inflammation to the eyes
  • nose and throat irritation
  • difficulty in breathing
  • chronic chest trouble
  • musculoskeletal problems

For information on the potential health effects and guidance on how to work safely with cement, download the cement information sheet.

Cement information sheet August 2012

UK's Health and Safety Executive's website

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