Subject: Urgent Hexavalent Chromium
Hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)] is one of the valence states (+6) of the element chromium. It is usually produced by an industrial process. Cr(VI) is known to cause cancer. In addition, it targets the respiratory system, kidneys, liver, skin and eyes. Chromium metal is added to alloy steel to increase hardenability and corrosion resistance. A major source of worker exposure to Cr(VI) occurs during "hot work" such as welding on stainless steel and other alloy steels containing chromium metal. Cr(VI) compounds may be used as pigments in dyes, paints, inks, and plastics. It also may be used as an anticorrosive agent added to paints, primers, and other surface coatings. The Cr(VI) compound chromic acid is used to electroplate chromium onto metal parts to provide a decorative or protective coating. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hexavalentchromium/index.html
In a recent safety meeting at FSU the company acknowledged that any member who has a concern with possible contamination to Hexavalent Chromium can be tested. The company is contacting previous employees who have reported exposure but the safety team explained there are many members that never filed or had an exit exam. We are urgently advising, if you feel you may have been exposed and wish to be tested please send info to the following representative:
Please contact Tony Lepore to compile a list. Include in the info your name, employee number, station and Title group.
Tony Lepore – (940)536-8817
National Benefits and EAP- Member Assistance Coordinator