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Hexavalent Chromium (Chromium, Hexavalent)

Chromium VI plating bath.Chromium VI compounds are found in a variety of Washingtons work places; ranging from chrome plating to construction. Materials that contain these compounds include:

  • mist from plating solutions of chromic acid.
  • primers and paints containing chromates.
  • fume released during welding of stainless steel.
  • chromate pigments in dyes, inks, and plastics.
  • fume released during smelting of ferrochromium ores.
  • portland cement.

Without preventive measures, workers exposed to materials containing chromium VI are put at risk for serious health consequences ranging from skin irritation to lung cancer.

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