What is it?
Potassium Dichromate (chromium) is a steel-gray metal that is used in the manufacturing of chrome steel orchrome-nickel-steel alloys (stainless steel) and for chrome plating other metals. It occurs in small quantities in manysubstances, and contact is possible in many industries, as well as in the household. In the household, PotassiumDichromate is found in coatings used to prevent rust, bleaches, and yellow and green paint. The chromates areone of the most common causes of occupationally induced allergic contact dermatitis, particularly in workers inthe construction, tanning, metal, printing and ceramics industries. 

How can I avoid it?
Substitution of industrial chemicals, a change of jobs, or protective clothing to avoid exposure to Potassium Dichromate should be based on a careful evaluation of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) in the workplace.Incorporation of iron sulfate in cement appears to be an effective method for preventing allergic contact dermatitisdue to Chromium. Early identification and treatment of allergic contact dermatitis due to chromium, along withavoidance, may prevent the chronic, persistent dermatitis often seen in workers with chromate sensitivity. To avoidfoot dermatitis from chrome-tanned leather shoes and boots, vegetable-tanned or plastic footwear should besubstituted. Do not touch burnt matches or ashes.

  • Blueprints
  • Cement, brick, mortar, tiles and drywall
  • Color makers (yellow and green paint)
  • Cosmetics
  • Dyers
  • Froster (glass and pottery)
  • Furniture polishes and varnishes
  • Glass polishes and cleaners
  • Glues
  • Green felt or baize (covering on gambling and pool tables)
  • Ink makers
  • Linoleum workers
  • Marble colorers
  • Match heads
  • Office workers
  • Offset printers
  • Paper makers and hangers
  • Pencil and crayon makers
  • Photography and lithography fluids
  • Rubber, glue, varnish, spackling workers
  • Steel surfaces (nuts, screws, nuts and discs)
  • Tannery workers and leather objects, including shoes and gloves
  • Tattoos
  • Television makers
  • Textile printers
  • Vulcanizers
  • Welders
  • Wood preservatives

Other names for Potassium Dichromate:
  • Chromate
  • Chrome
  • Chromite
  • Chromium
  • Potassium bichromate

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