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Hexavalent Chromium

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Hexavalent Chromium

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Daniel M. Bruun

Today I would like to share some information on Hexavalent Chromium and how to prevent exposure to this carcinogen. Regardless if you need a Hexavalent Chromium survey for air samples or wipe samples or development of a program to ensure compliance with OSHA, 1Source can help you achieve your goals. Our professionals draw on their many years of regulatory, technical and management knowledge for the review and development of written policies and programs, to help you comply with these and other regulations. Knowledge of the changing regulatory and business management environments not only helps in the development of programs, but also in their implementation.

To discuss any needs you may have about the potential impact of Hexavalent Chromium, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,
Daniel M. Bruun, CIH, Vice President


Who is exposed to Hexavalent Chromium?

Who is exposed to Hexavalent Chromium?

It is estimated that 558,000 workers are potentially exposed to Cr(VI) in the United States. Workers in a variety of occupations are potentially exposed to Cr(VI). Workplace exposures occur mainly in the following areas: Welding and other types of "hot work" on stainless steel and other metals that contain chromium Use of pigments, spray paints and coatings Operating chrome plating baths

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Health Effects

Health Effects

Adverse health effects associated with Cr(VI) exposure include occupational asthma, eye irritation and damage, perforated eardrums, respiratory irritation, kidney damage, liver damage, pulmonary congestion and edema, upper abdominal pain, nose irritation and damage, respiratory cancer, skin irritation, and erosion and discoloration of the teeth. Some workers can also develop an allergic skin reaction, called allergic contact dermatitis. This occurs from handling liquids or solids containing Cr(VI) such as portland cement. Allergic contact dermatitis is long-lasting and more severe with repeated skin exposure.

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Industrial Hygiene Surveys

Industrial Hygiene Surveys

1Source staff has performed thousands of occupational health / industrial hygiene surveys and related services for clients in a variety of settings. These have ranged from one day sampling for a limited number of physical stressors and chemical substances to multiple-week sampling by a team of hygienists for a wide variety of chemicals and other exposures. We have helped clients develop and implement programs to identify potentially hazardous exposures.

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