Chrome, or chromium, is a naturally occurring element found in various forms in the environment. It is commonly used in industrial applications, such as chrome plating, dyes and pigments, leather tanning, and wood preservation. Monitoring chrome levels in the workplace is essential to assess the extent of exposure and protect the health and safety of employees.
How We Support You
Our chrome monitoring process involves collecting urine samples from employees and analysing them in specialised laboratories.
Urine sampling is a reliable method for evaluating internal exposure to chrome. By measuring the levels of chrome metabolites in urine, we accurately quantify the absorbed amounts. Our experienced team ensures a safe and confidential process, providing clear instructions to employees for sample collection.
The collected urine samples are sent to specialised laboratories with stringent quality control measures. Our skilled professionals analyse the samples, interpreting the results and providing detailed reports. These reports identify elevated levels of chrome metabolites and recommend control measures to mitigate exposure risks and ensure regulatory compliance.
We collaborate closely with you to understand the results and implement effective strategies, such as engineering controls, personal protective equipment, and employee training. Our aim is to create a safe work environment, protect employee health, and ensure compliance with chrome exposure regulations.
Our chrome monitoring service provides several benefits, including:
- Ensuring the health and safety of employees exposed to chrome.
- Identifying high-risk areas with elevated chrome concentrations.
- Implementing control measures to reduce exposure.
- Complying with regulations and standards regarding chrome exposure.
- Preventing long-term health effects associated with chrome exposure.
- Early detection of potential hazards and timely intervention.
Ensuring Regulatory Compliance
Compliance with regulations is crucial in maintaining a safe working environment and protecting the health of employees. Chromium compounds, such as hexavalent chromium, are hazardous substances subject to various regulations and guidelines, including the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002. By utilising our Chrome Monitoring service, organisations can ensure compliance with these regulations, fulfil their legal obligations, and effectively manage the risks associated with chrome exposure.
Exposure to chrome, particularly chromium (VI), can cause damage to the nose, inflammation of the lungs, allergic reactions, kidney damage, and lung cancer. Symptoms may include eczematous dermatitis, fluid accumulation in the body, nasal ulcers, respiratory issues, skin lesions, and gastrointestinal problems.
Industrial workers, especially welders, are at a high risk of chrome exposure due to the nature of their working environment. However, anyone working in industries that involve chrome plating, dye production, leather tanning, or wood preservation may also be at risk.
Chrome monitoring is crucial to assess the levels of chrome in the workplace, identify potential hazards, and implement control measures to protect the health and safety of employees.
If you are concerned about chrome exposure in your workplace or require chrome monitoring services, please contact us. Our experienced team can provide comprehensive monitoring solutions tailored to your specific needs. By proactively monitoring and managing chrome exposure, you can ensure the well-being of your employees and maintain a safe working environment.
What is Chromium (Chrome)? Chromium is a chemical element, much like titanium, iron or copper. In its unpolished form, it’s a hard, grey, brittle transition