Hexavalent Chromium

OSHA or Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a aircraft manufacturer Spirit Aerosystems Inc. for exposing workers to a hexavalent chromium,

  • Can be found in paint, ink, plastics.
  • fume from welding stainless steel or nonferrous chromium alloys.
  • Mainly used in making and other alloys
  • Naturally occurring element in rocks, animals, plants, soil, and volcanic dust and gases

Employees exposed to this chromium compound can possibly develop allergic contact called dermatitis, a inflammation of the skin. Your skin swells and turns red, becomes crusty and thickened the more your exposed. Direct contact can cause chromium ulcers it’s not safe to breath either causing irritation to the nose and throat causing nosebleeds, sneezing, and coughing.   

Your exposure according to (OSHA) preventive studies suggest 8 hours maximum with personal protective clothing to prevent your throat and lungs from levels of toxicity. Employers must also provide employee’s medical examinations also. That’s key for knowing how much chromium is in your blood which can be measured by the doctor.

Making sure your respiratory system is protected is the best way you can prevent damaging symptoms, and diseases like shortness of breath, decreased pulmonary function, pneumonia, and other respiratory effects. Inhaling this carcinogen increases the risk of lung cancer.


This carcinogen failed to be acknowledged by the company costing them penalties around $195,000. What a hefty charge for not keeping the worksites safe. OSHA’s office director released a statement saying “ This company failed to protect their employees from exposure to a known carcinogen”.

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