Iron and Chrome Dust Collection
Reducing the Risk of Iron and Chrome Dust Exposure
Iron and chrome remain in widespread use and will continue to do so while manufacturing sectors endure. Iron is used in many different forms, from bulk and cast iron to powdered carbonyl iron, which is used in electronics. Chrome appears in many products, as well, and not just on motorcycle fenders. Beyond the widespread use of chrome plating, the oxidized element—most often appearing as chromium III or chromium VI—is used in dyes and pigments, chemical processes, and many other applications in industry.
The usefulness of these elements and compounds is complicated, however, by the dangers of their airborne dusts. As with most metals, these substances carry serious risks for workers. Solutions exist, however, to mitigate these dangers and to maintain a safe and productive manufacturing environment.