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Concrete and Concrete Products
Concrete is one of the most widely used construction materials in the world. Safety issues exist in all phases of concrete production, including the manufacture of portland cement and pre-cast concrete products, as well as during the use of concrete in construction.
This page was developed with input from OSHA's Alliance Program and Strategic Partnership Program participants. It includes information on concrete and concrete product hazards in manufacturing and construction, including relevant OSHA standards, directives, and standard interpretations. This page also identifies some of the major industry segments involved in the manufacturing of concrete and concrete products, and in construction work with concrete. It lists some of the leading workplace hazards for these industries and provides links to safety and health resources for controlling these hazards.
For additional resources to help employers comply with and workers understand OSHA requirements, read OSHA's Employers page.
The manufacturing sector must comply with specific OSHA standards for general industry and the construction sector must comply with specific OSHA standards for construction.
Industry Segments and Controlling Hazards
This section identifies some of the major industry segments involved in the manufacturing of concrete and concrete products, and in construction work with concrete.
Safety and Health Programs
Provides references that were selected to assist in developing a safety and health program for the concrete and concrete products industry.
Includes additional safety and health information for the concrete and concrete products industry, including training materials, success stories, and other resources from OSHA and other organizations.
- Preventing Skin Problems from Working with Portland Cement. OSHA Guidance Document, (2008).
- Concrete Manufacturing Pocket Guide (PDF). OSHA Publication 3221, (2004).
Workers have the right to:
- Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
- Receive information and training (in a language and vocabulary the worker understands) about workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace.
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
- File a complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA's rules. OSHA will keep all identities confidential.
- Exercise their rights under the law without retaliation, including reporting an injury or raising health and safety concerns with their employer or OSHA. If a worker has been retaliated against for using their rights, they must file a complaint with OSHA as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days.
For additional information, see OSHA's Workers page.
How to Contact OSHA
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov or call OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), TTY 1-877-889-5627.