Feeling “Hex”ed by the New Regulations?


The OSHA has just released a new hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) standard and Welding Magazine has kindly decided to help you find out how best to comply with the new regulations.

HexChrome and You

by CHRISTOPHER J. COLE, MS, CIH, CSP Welding Health and Safety Coordinator, The Lincoln Electric Com | Apr 1, 2009 12:00 PM

Learn what you need to know, and to do, to make your welding operation compliant with the new hexavalent chromium standard

Employers are under pressure to comply with the new hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) standard as it applies to the welding industry. Christopher J. Cole, MS, CIH, CSP and the Welding Health and Safety Coordinator at The Lincoln Electric Company, notes that the key to determining the level of effort needed to comply with the new standard is to understand how OSHA has intentionally structured the standard.


Does the new standard apply to my welding operations? Are you welding on stainless or alloy steel, or hard-facing alloys, that contain chromium? Is there any surface coating or plating that contains chromium? Do the consumables you are using contain chromium? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then the standard applies to you.



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