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Chemical risks in civil construction industries & cement production

Risque chimique

In the building and public works industry, chemicals are used during various operations, such as: Wood machining, treatment and gluing.

The accidents occur during:

Preventive treatment of wood, near dipping tanks or spray devices.
Wood gluing, near roll or curtain spreaders (glue, formol).

Products used:

chlorinated pesticides: phenol, lindane
solvents: ethylic, butylic, acetone, perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, polyvinyl chloride, tetrahydrofuran
glues: resorcine, neoprene, phenolic, amine hardeners
formol, formaldehyde
Terrace sealing

The main risk is when cold coating is applied using solvents and thinners (toluene, xylene).

Urea formaldehyde foam is used with one component containing an acid hardening solution (phosphoric acid or hydrochloric acid).
There is also a splash hazard during equipment cleaning, especially using chlorinated solvents.

Products used:

urea formaldehyde resin
polyurethane resin, chlorinated solvents, neoprene glues, glues and resins, binders, pigments
Substrate preparation and painting

Use of lyes, solvents and alkaline strippers.
There are also risks during cleaning of old paint, metal part degreasing, stopping and plastering (solvents).

Products used:

lyes and alkaline paint removers: sodium carbonate, calcium carbonate, caustic soda, potash.
chlorinated solvents: perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, acetone, methylene chloride, etc…
thinners: butylglycol, ethylglycol, methylglycol, acetate, etc…
resins: polyols, amines
mineral pigments
Wall and floor covering

Use of solvents and resin-based glues during plastic covering operation causes accidents.
Focus on a specific product: Cement

Cement is commonly used in the construction sector and represents a chemical risk because of its caustic nature. This risk is also present in the cement manufacturing industry.

Chemical hazards, especially in:

steam plants (hot cement splashes)
laboratories (for quality control)
water treatment (some plants have their own water treatment area)
Storage & shipping (dust of cement powder in bags ; wet cement in )
grinding (dust)

Most of the ra materals used are extracted from the earth through mining and quarrying and can be divided into the following groups: lime (calcareous), silica (siliceous), alumina (argillaceous) and iron (ferricerous).

On line 02/23/2011

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