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Hexavalent Chromium

Industrial processes that involve chromium can result in worker exposure to toxic hexavalent chromium Cr(VI). Many workers in a variety of occupations are potentially exposed to Cr(VI) in the United States. 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; and operating chrome plating baths.  OSHA’s hexavalent chromium standard requires training for affected workers.  Let Fox Valley Safety present this complex topic to your team!

Training Topics Include:

  • Identifying exposures
  • Respirator usage
  • Health effects & risks
  • Workers most at risk for exposure
  • Preventing & controlling exposures
  • Locations of hexavalent chromium on the jobsite

OSHA estimates that 48 percent of all workers affected by hexavalent chromium will be welders.  Welders can be exposed when fumes are released while welding stainless steels, chromium alloys, and chrome-coated metal.

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