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OSHA Issues Final Standard on Hexavalent Chromium

If you need hexavalent chromium-OSHA regulation 29CFR1910.1026 assistance discussed in this article call us at 973-366-4660 or email us at info@atlenv.com for details and a free estimate.

Written by Robert E. Sheriff, MS, CIH, CSP, President

November 7, 2018

After years of trying to craft an exposure standard for hexavalent chromium that would stand up under expected court challenges, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final standard on February 28, 2006 which became effective on May 29, 2006. The specific regulation is 29CFR1910.1026.

Under the standard, the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for exposure to hexavalent chromium will be lowered from 50 to 5 micrograms per cubic meter of air, as the 8-hr permissible exposure limit (PEL) and an action level of 2.5 ug/m3.

. Also included in the standard are specifications for controlling exposures, respiratory protection, protective clothing and equipment, medical surveillance, hazard communication and recordkeeping. Hexavalent chromium compounds are widely used in pigments, metal plating and chemical synthesis. Potential adverse human health effects include lung cancer, nasal septum perforation, skin ulceration, allergic sensitization and contact dermatitis.

The greatest potential for overexposure to hexavalent chromium (hex chrome) is from stainless steel welding. Chrome plating, chromium containing paints are also possible sources of worker exposure to hexavalent chromium – also called “hex chrome” or “chrome VI”.

You may recall that the movie Erin Brockovich was about exposure to hexavalent chromium.

Atlantic Environmental Incorporated is fully qualified and able to conduct air sampling/testing to evaluate employee exposure to hexavalent chromium. For assistance in preparing to meet the requirements of the new OSHA standard, contact Atlantic Environmental, Inc. at 973-366-4660 or e-mail: info@atlenv.com.

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