Lime is a strong alkali and a caustic material. It can burn the skin and is very dangerous to the eyes
Goggles and protective clothing are essential when slaking lime and handling lime putty. Mortars, plasters and renders when handled correctly do not present an undue hazard. However all lime based materials should be handled with caution.
You should take the following precautions:
- Avoid all prolonged contact of lime with the skin and wear adequate protective clothing
- Always rinse skin thoroughly after contact with lime
- Avoid inhilation of lime dust especially in areas not properly ventilated
- Avoid contact of lime with the eyes
If the eyes or skin have been in contact with lime or products that contain it, clean with fresh water applied in abundance. If irritation persists seek medical assistance.
If lime is ingested drink cold water or milk with one or two raw eggs or fruit juice or 1:2 vinegar:water. Seek medical assistance.