Hexavalent Chromium

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Hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium (VI) and hex chrome, is the toxic form of the metal chromium used in industry. Its sources include chromate pigments in paints and dyes, chromates used as anticorrosive agents in primers and surface coatings, chromic acid electroplated on to metal parts, and particle byproducts that result from welding and smelting specific metals. Workplace exposure to hexavalent chromium can have serious health effects. Employees are at risk for cancer, respiratory problems, contact dermatitis, and eye infections. Due to these risks, OSHA introduced a standard (29 CFR 1910.1026) to regulate occupational exposures to hexavalent chromium and impose strict exposure limits in the workplace. This course explores the sources of hexavalent chromium as well as the potential health effects of exposure above the permissible levels. You'll also discover how OSHA regulates chromium in the workplace by regular monitoring, engineering controls, requiring personal protective equipment, and periodic medical surveillance. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.


  • identify industrial sources of hexavalent chromium
  • recognize the ways hexavalent chromium exposure occurs
  • recognize the health effects of hexavalent chromium exposure
  • recognize the industrial sources of hexavalent chromium and identify the ways workers can be exposed as well as the health effects that can occur
  • identify employer obligations in relation to hexavalent chromium monitoring
  • recognize employer obligations regarding hexavalent chromium monitoring
  • identify appropriate measures for controlling exposure to hexavalent chromium in the workplace
  • recognize methods to control workplace exposure to hexavalent chromium
  • recognize when medical surveillance is required
  • identify PLHCP and employer requirements in relation to written medical records
  • recognize when medical surveillance is required as well as PLHCP and employer requirements for written medical records


  • Hexavalent Chromium
  • Hexavalent Chromium Exposure and Health Effects
  • Knowledge Check: Exposure and Health Effects
  • Hexavalent Chromium Monitoring Requirements
  • Knowledge Check: Monitoring Requirements
  • Controlling Hexavalent Chromium Exposure
  • Knowledge Check: Controlling Exposure
  • Hexavalent Chromium Medical Surveillance and Examinations
  • Knowledge Check: Medical Surveillance