Chromium VI

About 900.000 workers in the EU are estimated to be exposed to Chromium VI / hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)).

Studies of workers in chromate production, chromate pigment and chrome electroplating industries employed before the 1980s show increased rates of lung cancer mortality. All hexavalent chromium compounds are classified as Group 1 carcinogen by the IARC, meaning they are carcinogenic to humans. The risk of developing lung, nasal and sinus cancer increases with the amount of Cr(VI) inhaled and the length of time the worker is exposed.

References: RIVM, OSHA, IARC, European Commission

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