Hexavalent Chromium and Your Responsibility -

If you work with, work near or have any type of exposure to hazardous pollutants you owe it to yourself to be responsible and knowledgeable of what it is that you are being expose too. Just Google the word Hexavalent Chromium and I can almost guarantee you that you will immediately find that it is not only commonly used, but that it is hazardous, toxic and causes cancer.

This is exactly what I did, and I came across this Occupational Safety and Health OSHA Fact Sheet on “Controlling Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium in Aerospace and Air Transport Painting” the very first paragraph communicates the following: “Hexavalent chromium or Cr(VI) is a toxic form of chromium which can cause sever health effects to workers, including lung cancer. Chromium Compounds are added to paints and primers to provide corrosion protection and to create specific colors. Painting operations in the aerospace and air transportation industries can expose workers to hazardous level of Cr(VI). The OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for workers exposure to Cr(VI) is 5ug/m3 {as an 8-hour-FR 1910.time weighted average (TWA) and OSDHA regulates worker exposure to this hazardous substance under it Chromium (VI) standard, 29 CFR 1910.1026.” file:///C:/Users/AirVerter/Desktop/White%20Paper%20Research%20Articles/Chromates%20OSHA%20FactSheetAerospace_Paint.pdf

So what do I mean by responsibility? It is your responsibility to know what it is you’re being exposed to. How that substance can affects your short term or long term health. How much of it are you being exposed to? Whether or not a little exposure today, a little exposure tomorrow could add up to a toxic level later? Can it affect my quality of life? Can I bring what I’m being exposed to home with me? Does my clothing, my tools, my skin absorb what I’m being exposed to? What is off-gassing or out-gassing? Is off-gassing exposure long term or short term? Is the present of odor a good indicator that exposure is there or is it odorless? What can I do to minimize my exposure and am I utilizing the best available practices to maximize my personal safety?

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