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Hexavalent Chromium (VI)

Where is it Commonly Found?

Chrome plating, chrome chemical production, chromium pigments for paints and textile, wood preservation, leather tanning, and anti-corrosion coatings.
EPA classification: A (Human carcinogen); Recognized Carcinogen (CA65) and suspected repiratory toxicant (EPA); has been respiratory problems (OSHA) during manufacturing/ processing.

What are its known health effects?

Carcinogen (P65)

What are its suspected health effects?

Respiratory Toxicant (EPA-HEN) (KLAA) (LU - C) (OEHHA-CREL)

Alternative Materials

Stainless steel and anodized aluminuim for plating and corrosion protection.

Additional Regulatory Information

OSHA has special workplace requirements for working with Cr (VI).

Does it Correspond With Any Green Building Credits?

Green Guide for Health Care - CM 1.1: Community Contaminant Prevention: Airborne releases

How is it Categorized?

Metals and Metal Compounds

What is its Origin?

OSHA has special workplace requirements for working with Cr (VI).

Chromium is a chemical element in the periodic table (symbol Cr). Chromium metal is extremely resistant to corrosion and oxidation, which is why it is used in stainless steel and chrome plating. Chromium (VI), or Hexavalent Chromium, is a form of chromium that is commonly combined with other elements to form compounds. The Roman numeral number indicates the number of valence electrons, which determines the types of compounds or chemical reactions a substance can participate in. Chromium(VI) is rapidly transformed by organic matter into chromium(III). Therefore, significant quantities of chromium(VI) are not a natural occurrence but rather almost always the result of human actions.

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