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Home > Personal Injury > Industrial Diseases > Chromium

Chromium

Exposure to chromium can cause a variety of symptoms and complaints. All chrome compounds are sensitizers and may cause contact dermatitis; some may cause occupational asthma. For example stainless steel welding gives off chromium fumes and may cause asthma if inadequate precautions are employed.

Chronic exposure can cause chrome ulcers so that for example some workers in the chromium plating industry who were inadequately protected have suffered ulcers or holes in the nasal septum.

Some chromium compounds are carcinogenic and increase the risk of lung cancer, but this is thought to occur only in workers engaged in primary chromate production and in the chrome pigment industry

Chromium is found in industry particularly in chrome plating, and the manufacture of some steels such as stainless steel. Some compounds are used as pigments and for dying textiles

If exposure occurs at work, there are a number of regulations which can apply, including the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. In fact regulation in this area goes back to 1931 with the Chromium Plating regulations

If you are unlucky enough to suffer an illness, disease or injury as a result such exposure, it is possible that you may be able to bring a claim for damages, otherwise known as compensation.

Strict time limits apply to making a claim for any type of personal injury, so please contact an experienced solicitor as soon as you think you may have a claim for compensation.

We are specialists in claims for exposure to chemicals so please contact us on the number above.

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms.

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