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OSHA releases hexavalent chromium booklet

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published Hexavalent Chromium, a booklet outlining industry requirements for hexavalent chromium standards. Workers exposed to hexavalent chromium can develop lung cancer and damage to the nose, throat and respiratory system.

Inhaling hexavalent chromium fumes can cause allergic reactions or asthmatic symptoms. The chemical is used in pigments, metal finishing, wood preservatives and fungicides. Workers also may be exposed to hexavalent chromium fumes generated during welding of chromium metal alloys.