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Hexavalent chromium is essential to a number of industrial applications: chromate pigments are used in dyes, ink and plastics, chromic acid is used in chrome plating and chromates are used to prevent corrosion in paints and other coatings. While these compounds can be very beneficial, they can also be harmful or lethal to those employees exposed to them. This program discusses the safe work practices these workers must follow to avoid exposures to this hazardous substance.
Topics include characteristics and properties of hexavalent chromium, effects of exposures, engineering and work practice controls, medical surveillance, the respiratory protection program, protective clothing and equipment, proper housekeeping and responding to exposures.