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What is Chromium VI?

Chromium is a naturally-occurring element found in rocks, animals, plants, and soil. It is widely used in manufacturing processes and can be found in many consumer products such as wood treated with copper dichromate, leather tanned with chromic sulfate, and stainless steel cookware. Chromium can be found in air, soil, and water after release from the manufacture, use, and disposal of chromium-based products, and during the manufacturing process. Chromium(VI) compounds are more toxic than chromium(III) compounds. The most common health problem resulting from exposure to chromium involves the respiratory tract; these health effects include irritation of the lining of the nose, runny nose, and breathing problems such as asthma, cough, shortness of breath, wheezing.

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