Most are due to contact with a chemical.
- Up to 25% are due to wet cement*
- rates of skin problems among OP&CMIA members range up to 80%
- 71% of concrete workers report rashes, bumps, red skin, burning, itching, scaling, fishhers, or pain.
*cement is found in Concrete, Plaster, Mortar, Drywall compound, Grout, Terazzo, Etc..
An excerpt from OSHA’s Standard Interpretations Page
OSHA recognizes that the use of pH buffering solutions may aid in preventing skin problems where there is exposure to wet cement. Therefore, our response to your question is a qualified “yes.” Providing pH buffer solution could meet the requirements of OSHA’s sanitation standards as long as the use of the pH buffer solution would enable employees to remove the substance(s) that pose(s) the dermal hazard(s).
Hexavalent Chromium found in wet cement is water soluble. Therefore it can soak into skin and eventually enter the skin’s cells. There it can bind with cell protein and produce an allergic reaction. Neutralite converts Hexavalent Chromium to Trivalent Chromium. Trivalent Chromium is a solid and cannot penetrate skin cells. Neutralite reduces Hexavalent Chromium to undetectable limits in wet cement and greatly reduces the risk of allergic sensitization.