The Dangers Of Hexavalent Chromium In Welding

The Dangers Of Hexavalent Chromium In Welding

When it comes to industrial work, welding, and other types of professions, toxic gasses and fumes can be common. Of course, prolonged exposure to these can create respiratory problems, illnesses, and even death.

Fortunately, with the right fume extraction equipment, you can mitigate the dangers of these gasses. But one toxin in particular to look out for is something called hexavalent chromium. 

In this blog post, let’s explore “What is hex chrome?” so that you can best prepare yourself and your workforce against it.

What Is Hexavalent Chromium?

Hexavalent chromium is chromium converted to a valence state. This gas occurs naturally as a byproduct of industrial processes. When alloy steel is combined with chromium metals, it can increase its longevity.

However, this also creates a threat in the air around the workspace. This can severely affect human health. It is a carcinogen, and hexavalent chromium can damage the liver, kidneys, skin, and virtually every important system of the human body.

Hexavalent chromium is more common than you think. And it’s important to have the right fume extraction systems in place to reduce exposure to this dangerous substance.

What Does Hexavalent Chromium Cause?

As mentioned, this gas can cause cancer, and exposure to it should be severely minimized. According to OSHA, exposure should be limited to 5 µg/m3 over 8 hours per individual.

The reason is, breathing in Hex Chrome can cause illnesses like:

  • Nose bleeds
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Cancer
  • Skin Irritation
  • Eye Irritation

If you or anyone has symptoms that may require medical attention, leave the work area immediately. It is possible that this gas or other substances are being breathed in.

At IP System, we have special fume extraction equipment to help you meet these thresholds. For more information on the hazards of inhaling this toxin, read this post.

Symptoms Of Exposure To Hexavalent Chromium

Symptoms that you or someone has been exposed to this dangerous gas are asthma, nasal perforation, bloody nose, coughing, painful sneezing, irritation of the respiratory system, skin irritation, and eye irritation.

Read more: Top Respiratory Hazards In A Plastic Factory

Learn About Fume Extracting Today

At IP Systems, our experts can help you install the best fume extraction system for your needs. Hexavalent chromium and other types of gasses are incredibly toxic and can cause cancer or other deadly illnesses.

You and your workers deserve to be safe no matter what kind of welding or other work you perform. So reach out today and get the best protection possible.

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