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Safety Shooter Fig. 2: A protective hood that prevents exposure of the neck area to wet concrete, rebound, or both will help prevent cement burns • Full-cover goggles or safety glasses with side 4. Pat the skin dry with a clean towel, being shields; careful not to rub the affected area; and • Snug-fitting alkali-resistant gloves; 5. Seek immediate medical attention (bring an • Long-sleeved buttoned shirts with the sleeves MSDS to ensure the medical professional is taped to the gloves to prevent wet concrete, aware of the type of exposure). rebound, or both from entering; After the affected area has sufficiently healed, • A protective hood that prevents exposure of the shotcrete crew member should monitor the the neck area; affected skin to ensure a repeat of the injury does • Sturdy, waterproof safety boots; not occur. In the event of a reoccurrence, the • Coveralls or long pants tucked into boots shotcrete crew member should investigate the and taped to prevent concrete, rebound, possibility that skin sensitivity or allergic contact or both from entering (disposable, dermatitis has developed. In the event that it has, water-repellent coveralls are effective); a doctor can help to determine if the individual and should continue to work in a position where • Jewelry such as watches and rings should be exposure to wet cement paste is likely. removed to prevent wet concrete from being trapped against the skin. Treatment of Cement Burns Joe Hutter is the Vice Presi- If a shotcrete crew member begins to feel dent, Sales, for King Packaged a burning sensation on the skin, the process Materials Company, Burl- of treating the area should begin immediately: ington, ON, Canada. He has 1. Remove any contaminated clothing and more than 25 years of experi- avoid rubbing the affected areas during the ence in the cement/shotcrete removal process; industry. He is a former Presi- 2. Gently remove any material from the skin dent and an active member of using a pH-neutral soap and water; ASA and has been Chair of the ASA Marketing 3. Continue rinsing the area with clean water for Committee since its inception. Hutter is also a a minimum of 20 minutes; member of the American Concrete Institute. Shotcrete • Fall 2014 55


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