In 1995 the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health funded a research project dedicated to the development of a manual on preventing occupational skin problems caused by wet cement. Research participants included the Portland Cement Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons International Association, Bricklayers Union, doctors, and many other concrete industry stakeholders.
Jim Warren, President of Force Field Technologies, Inc., was invited to participate in the Professional Advisory Group of the research project. His work with pH buffering solutions was of special interest and ultimately became the single most important finding in the research project. Through extensive research, Mr. Warren discovered a way to safely neutralize the caustic effects of calcium hydroxide on human skin and at the same time reduce the amount of Hexavalent Chromium in wet cement. His invention was submitted to and tested by Construction Technology Laboratories, Inc. and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Associations’s A.H. Smith Joint Research Laboratory, to validate his findings. In Auguest of 1998 a U.S. Patent was issued. The invention was named NEUTRALITE SAFETY SOLUTION.
How Does Neutralite Work?
Neutralite Safety Solution Neutralite Safety Solution is a spray applied buffering solution. Chemical buffers belong to a particular group of chemical compounds that have the ability to alter the pH of acids or bases. They can reduce the pH of alkalis or increase the pH of acids.Neutralite has a preset pH of 5.5 that that matches pH of normal skin.When Neutralite comes in contact with wet cement there is a chemical change. Cement is no longer cement and irritating agents are rendered harmless. Cement Burns can be completely avoided by early application of Neutralite to wet cement contaminated skin. Affected areas should be drench sprayed within a few minutes of contamination. Wet cement contaminated clothing, gloves and boots should be removed and/or neutralized with Neutralite Safety Solution.
Routine work day:
Use of Neutralite [3,4,5,6 times a day] can easily reverse the progression of Chronic Cement Dermatitis and return skin health to the user. Neutralite Safety Solution is not a barrier type product that is applied before going to work thinking it will protect you all day. It won’t. It must be applied after each contamination. IT SHOULD BE NOTED: The tool wash bucket water is as alkaline and dangerous as wet cement itself. Neutralize skin after washing tools.
Neutralite Safety Solution is not a medicine, it simply and safely neutralizes irritating agents found in wet cement.
NEUTRALITE IS TO ALKALIS AS WATER IS TO FIRE!
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.
It’s the Law!
OSHA Regulation Standard 29 CFR, Hand Protection – 1910.138
“Employers shall select and require employees to use appropriate hand protection when employees hands are exposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances …”
“Employers shall base the selection of the appropriate hand protection on an evaluation of the performance characteristics of the hand protection relative to the task(s) to be performed, conditions present, duration of use, and the hazards and potential hazards identified.”
Here are a Few Neutralite Customers You May Recognize:
- New York/New Jersey Fire Fighters CLICK HERE for Testimonial
- Baker Concrete Construction
- Sundt Construction Co.
- The Industrial Company
- M. A. Mortenson
- Texas Department of Transportation
- W. R. Grace Construction Chemical Lab
- Hanson Pipe
- Texas Industries
- Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ International
- Job Corps Apprentice Program
- Lehigh Cement
- R M C Pacific Cement
…. and 100’s more