Hexavalent chromium (hex chrom) is in the news and on the front line for regulatory agencies and plaintiff lawyers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulated hex chrom (or hex chrome as it is also sometimes called) in 2006 and is enforcing its new rules with citations being issued around the country for items such as testing and monitoring failures and hazard communication failures. Even for cement, which OSHA exempted from the hex chrom exposure regulation, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSHA stated:
“OSHA has stepped up its inspections of workplaces where portland cement is manufactured and where portland cement is used on construction sites. The goal of our enforcement emphasis is to ensure that employers train their workers about hex chrome hazards. We also want to be sure that manufacturers include on their material safety data sheets for portland cement the presence of any trace contaminants of hex chrome and their associated hazards, such as allergic contact dermatitis.”
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Reprinted with permission from Aggregates Manager Magazine.