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How do I lift the 20kg bags safely?
A 20kg bag of cement based product requires 2 people to lift it safely.
Manual handling of bagged products without due care and attention could result in personal injury. Prior to handling it is recommended that appropriate consideration be given to the task. Where possible, all manual handling of bagged products should utilise load-shifting equipment, such as a wheelbarrow or trolley, or at a minimum be undertaken as a 2 person team lift.
When loading a wheelbarrow, always place the bulk of the load over the wheel to lessen the effort required and reduce the strain on your back.
When lifting bagged products, both you and your team lift partner should protect your back – especially lifting bags in and out of your vehicle. Keep your lower back straight and use your leg muscles to lift, keeping your head up and do not pivot on your spine. When lowering the product, use your leg muscles and don’t bend your back.
What Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required when handling cement based products?
Always wear the correct protective clothing when handling any product containing cement as it is an alkaline substance in a fine powder form:
- Gloves - to guard against skin irritation
- Face mask - to prevent dust inhalation
- Eye protection - to prevent dust from getting in to eyes
- Long pants and sleeves - to guard against skin irritation
- Safety boots - to prevent injuries to your feet when handling heavy items or using potentially hazardous tools
Always separately wash clothes that may be splashed with cement-based products at the end of each day.
What first aid can be used?
If product gets into the eyes, irrigate the eyes with plenty of water for 15 minutes and seek medical attention.
If any products are inhaled, vacate the dusty area immediately and seek medical attention if symptoms persist.
If product comes into contact with skin, wash thoroughly with clean water.
Please refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each product prior to use.
What are the risks associated with cement based products?
Cements may cause respiratory, skin and eye irritation. Wet cement can be irritating and corrosive to the eyes and skin and may cause skin sensitisation (dermatitis). Repeated inhalation of the dust containing crystalline silica may cause bronchitis, silicosis (scarring of the lung) and lung cancer, and the risk of scleroderma.
Always protect yourself with the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).