Carcinogen Alphabet:

“C” for Chromium VI Compounds

Chromium (VI) and its compounds are used or found in many processes and products, such as: the production and use of stainless steel and other chromium alloys (and during the welding and cutting of these); pigments for paint and pottery; catalysts in the chemical manufacturing industry; the production of dyestuffs; leather tanning agents; electroplating/anodising.

According to the harmonised classification and labelling approved by the European Union, chromium trioxide is fatal if inhaled, is toxic if swallowed, is toxic in contact with skin, causes severe skin burns and eye damage, may cause genetic defects, may cause cancer (particularly lung cancer), causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure, is very toxic to aquatic life, is very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects, may cause fire or explosion (strong oxidiser), is suspected of damaging fertility, may cause an allergic skin reaction and may cause allergy or asthma symptoms or breathing difficulties if inhaled.

In support of the “No Time to Lose” Campaign the SEL Group will be running an “Alphabet of Carcinogens” campaign and each week we shall release details regarding a different well known carcinogen.

 

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