What is Hexavalent chromium?
Hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) compounds are a group of chemical substances that contain the metallic element chromium in its positive-6 valence (hexavalent) state. Occupational exposures to Cr(VI) occur during the production of stainless steel, chromate chemicals, and chromate pigments. Cr(VI) exposures also occur during other work activities such as stainless steel welding, thermal cutting, chrome plating, painting, and coating processes. NIOSH considers all Cr(VI) compounds to be potential occupational carcinogens. An increased risk of lung cancer has been demonstrated in workers exposed to Cr(VI) compounds. Other adverse health effects associated with Cr(VI) exposure include dermal irritation, skin ulceration, allergic contact dermatitis, occupational asthma, nasal irritation and ulceration, perforated nasal septa, rhinitis, nosebleed, respiratory irritation, nasal cancer, sinus cancer, eye irritation and damage, perforated eardrums, kidney damage, liver damage, pulmonary congestion and edema, epigastric pain, and erosion and discoloration of the teeth.
Hexavalent chromium-containing products include:
- Textile Dyes
- Stainless Steel
- Wood Preservatives
- Leather Tanning
Why Choose SAI?
Scientific Analytical Institute has seen the increased demand for hexavalent chromium analysis as this analyte has become more recognized as a significant industrial hygiene issue. We have responded by obtaining the latest and best analytical instrumentation, namely a Dionex ICS-1000 Ion Chromatograph with a Variable Wavelength UV/Vis Detector. We have also responded by hiring a PhD chemist, with a dissertation focus on hexavalent chromium to lead our IC laboratory. This addition to our knowledgeable staff assures you the highest possible level of expertise.
With the addition of Hexavalent chromium to our analytical capabilities, we continue to bring you the services you need. Join the ranks of our growing list of satisfied customers who choose quality. Choose SAI for all your analytical service needs.