Swallowed Mild corrosive action.
Eye Short-term exposure, irritating. Long-term exposure, irritating may cause inflammation of the cornea.
Skin Short-term exposure, irritating. Long-term exposure, wet cement, especially as an ingredient in plastic (unhardened) concrete, mortar or slurry, is slightly caustic and can dry the skin. There are also trace amounts on water-soluble hexavalent chromium present in cement (0-20ppm ) and in some individuals may cause allergic dermatitis.
Inhaled Short-term exposure, irritating. Long-term exposure may cause inflammation of lining of the respiratory system.
Swallowed Brush material from face and wash with copious amounts of clean water. Do not induce vomiting, give water containing sugar or milk to drink. Seek medical attention.
Skin Wash with clean running water. A shower may be required.
Eyes Immediately irrigate with copious amounts of clean running water for at least 15 minutes. Do not rub eyes. Seek medical attention.
Inhaled Move to fresh air, wash with water and seek medical attention if affects persist.
Advice to Doctor Contact a poisons information centre.
Precautions for use
Exposure Limits Cement is classified as an inert nuisance dust.
TLV 5mg/m3 for respirable dust and 10mg/m3 for total dust.
Wet cement, particularly in plastic (unhardened ) concrete, mortar or slurry, can dry the skin and cause alkali burns. Continued exposure to individuals who are allergic to chromium, may cause severe allergic dermatitis.
Ventilation Where practical, suitable means of dust collection / suppression should be applied as necessary to maintain acceptable air borne dust levels
Persons with a history of respiratory illness or reduced pulmonary function should avoid work places with high dust levels.
Personal Protection In dust environments, the use of filter masks as in AS1716, Class L (in accordance with AS1715) and tight fitting goggles is advised.
Use of impervious gloves, boots and clothing to protect the skin from contact with dust and wet cement is recommended. Barrier creams may also be used.
Following work with cement, a shower with soap and water is recommended.
Flammability Cement is non-combustible.