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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).
How do I find out about employer responsibilities and workers' rights?
Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces. The OSHA law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law (including the right to raise a health and safety concern or report an injury). For more information see www.whistleblowers.gov or Workers' rights under the OSH Act.
OSHA can help answer questions or concerns from employers and workers. To reach your regional or area OSHA office, go to the OSHA Offices by State webpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
Small business employers may contact OSHA's free and confidential On-site Consultation program to help determine whether there are hazards at their worksites and work with OSHA on correcting any identified hazards. Consultants in this program from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs. On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement activities and do not result in penalties or citations. To contact OSHA's free consultation service, go to OSHA's On-site Consultation web page or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) and press number 4.
Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards. Workers can file a complaint with OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), online via eComplaint Form, or by printing the complaint form and mailing or faxing it to the local OSHA area office. Complaints that are signed by a worker are more likely to result in an inspection.
If you think your job is unsafe or if you have questions, contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Your contact will be kept confidential. We can help. For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA's Workers' page.