Hexavalent Chromium: Overview

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Hexavalent chromium is an industrial by-product of several manufacturing processes, including those to make steel, chrome plating and certain pigments. The element is considered highly toxic and has been labeled a potent lung carcinogen by several health organizations. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one million workers are exposed to hexavalent chromium each year. Medical officials say hundreds of laborers will die of lung cancer due to contact with the toxic substance.

Recently, the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union (PACE), along with the watchdog group Public Citizen, filed a lawsuit asking a United States Court of Appeals to order OSHA to lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for hexavalent chromium. Public Citizen and PACE claim to have detected dangerously high levels of hexavalent chromium at several workplaces across the country. The substance made news recently when it was featured in a popular movie, "Erin Brockovich," the fact-based story of one woman's fight to win compensation for residents exposed to hexavalent chromium.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of exposure to hexavalent chromium. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

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See Also

  1. Chromium IV Exposure: Overview
  2. Lung Cancer: Overview
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