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Concrete, while it is still wet, is notorious for its harmful effects on the skin and contact dermatitis (which means inflammation of the skin which has come into contact with a harmful substance) is a well known side effect of handling concrete.
Many other chemicals, including creosote, which we come across every day can also lead to dermatitis if splashed on the skin which becomes inflamed, red, itchy, scaly and cracked.
There are two possible types of dermatitis with concrete:
It´s also possible to get severe chemical burns from the cement if freshly-mixed concrete or mortar gets stuck against the skin. This can be particularly difficult and slow to heal, and may need skin grafting. There are many other health risks with concrete - and anyone using it would be well advised to check out the advice from the UK Health and Safety Executive.
Acknowledgement: Concrete Society
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