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June 22, 2010

New Hexavalent Chromium Requirement Effective June 15

OSHA set June 15 as the date for a direct final rule requiring employers to notify workers of all Hexavalent Chromium exposures. The toxic chemical increases risks for lung cancer and damage to the nose, throat and respiratory tract. In the past, employers were required to notify employees only when exposures exceeded the permissible exposure limit (PEL).

Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium can occur from:
   Blue_Bullet_Small2 Pigments, spray paints and coatings containing chromates
   Blue_Bullet_Small2 Operating chrome plating baths
   Blue_Bullet_Small2 Welding or cutting metals containing Chromium, such as stainless steel

Learn more about OSHA requirements here
Browse Respiratory PPE signs and labels here.

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