Chromium can be found both naturally occurring and from industrial processes. Exposures can occur in the workplace, from eating contaminated food, drinking contaminated water, or living near an industrial site with chromium contamination. Chromium is a known human carcinogen, a respiratory irritant and asthmagen, and a reproductive toxicant.
To find out more about chromium and how to reduce exposures read the Chromium ToxFAQs.
Hexavalent chromium is a toxic form of elemental chromium that is used in a variety of industrial processes. OSHA has created a fact sheet the describes where it is found, how to reduce workplace exposures and OSHA regulations that restrict the use and worker exposure to this chemical. Health effects of hexavalent chromium
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