What is it?
Cobalt chloride can be present in almost any metallic object. It can also be present in dyes, including hair dyes, cosmetics dyes, and leather dyes. Cobalt sulfate is primarily used in the preparation of pigments.

How can I avoid it?
Patients allergic to cobalt should decrease their contact with the items listed, particularly cobalt used in jewelry. Substitutes include earrings, necklaces, and other jewelry made from stainless steel or plastic. Cobalt is frequently combined with nickel, chromium,
and/or other metals.
Patients allergic to cobalt should check their cosmetics and hair dyes for the presence of cobalt by reading the labels. Many substitutes are available. By law, all products made in the U.S. for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it, so check the labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is not enough information, ask your pharmacist or retailer, or contact the company directly. At work, request a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure. If you are engaged in an occupation or hobby that entails contact with the products listed below, you should discuss this with your physician.

• Additive in animal feeds
• Additive in fertilizer
• Alloys
• Antiperspirants
• Auto exhaust controls
• Batteries
• Cement
• Cosmetics (particularly eyeshadow)
• Costume jewelry
• Dental appliances
• Dyes
• Electroplating
• Enamels
• Hair dyes
• Joint replacements
• Lacquers
• Lubricating oils
• Machinery parts
• Manufacture of Vitamin B12
• Metal alloys
• Paints
• Permanent ink for porcelain
• Pigments in pottery, glass, crayons, ceramics
• Polyester resins
• Printing inks
• Roof tiles
• Rubber tire industry
• Snaps, zippers, buttons, buckles
• Tattoos
• Tools, utensils, instruments
• Welding rods
• Wood stains

Other names for cobalt chloride:
• Cobalt Chloride
• Cobalt blue
• Caltous
• Cobalt (II) Chloride Hexahydrate
• Cobalt (II) Sulfate

Potential co-reactive/cross-reactive substances:
• Chromate
• Nickel
• Potassium dichromate

Spot test for cobalt
The Cobalt Spot Test will detect the presence of cobalt in metal objects. We hope that the Cobalt Spot Test will be of benefit to you in order to avoid exposure to cobalt thereby minimizing contact dermatitis caused by nickel-releasing objects.

To order a test kit:
3400 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85008-7899
Email: info@allerderm.com
Phone: 800-365-6868
Fax: 800-926-4568
Test kit is called: Reveal & conceal, Cobalt Spot Test (Part #AL8002)

Test procedure
Test for cobalt in metal objects with these easy-to-use swabs.
• Detection solution and applicator all in one
• Revolutionary cotton tip swabs
• Simply “snap” to open
• Convenient-carry them in your purse, wallet or briefcase
• Safe and effective
• Easily disposable
• Use at work, home, or while shopping for jewelry, tools, utensils, etc
• Does not harm objects tested or coated
• Detects cobalt in seconds


How safe is it?

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