Newsroom - Sep 18, 2023
How to Prevent Hexavalent Chromium Exposure
In the world of industrial applications, where precision and innovation meet the demands of modern manufacturing, one challenge stands as a formidable obstacle—hexavalent chromium exposure. Hexavalent chromium, often referred to as hex chrome or chromium-6, poses a significant threat to the health and safety of workers in various industries. As exposure limits tighten, and regulations become more stringent, the need for effective solutions has never been more critical.
What is Hex Chrome Exposure and Why is it a Problem?
Hex chrome exposure occurs primarily in processes such as thermal spraying, welding, and chrome plating, where the metal is heated, melted, or vaporized. During these operations, hex chrome fumes are generated consisting of tiny particles, often smaller than one micron in diameter, which makes them exceptionally hazardous and difficult to collect.
The challenge lies in controlling and minimizing this exposure effectively. Hexavalent chromium exposure has been linked to serious health risks, including lung cancer, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. To mitigate these risks, strict exposure limits have been established, with OSHA stipulating as low as 5 μg/m³, and some companies even demanding exposure limits as low as 1 μg/m³. Achieving and maintaining compliance with these limits is no small feat.
The Search for an Effective Chromium Removal Solution
Addressing chromium 6 exposure requires specialized filtration systems capable of capturing ultrafine particles, including hex chrome fumes, from the air. Traditional filtration methods often fall short in this regard, leaving workplaces vulnerable to excessive exposure levels.
Filtration systems must not only meet the stringent exposure limits but also provide uninterrupted operation in thermal spray application environments. These are demanding conditions where precision and reliability are paramount.
The IGS ClearStream Hexavalent Chromium Filter
IGS has engineered and patented ClearStream HEPA Filtration System that meets current and future occupational hexavalent chromium exposure limits and ensures uninterrupted HVTS® application. Here’s why:
1. Compliance Assurance: ClearStream is designed to not only meet but exceed the strictest occupational exposure limit standards. It ensures that your workplace remains compliant with confidence.
2. Uninterrupted Production:
ClearStream’s unique design guarantees uninterrupted HVTS® applications. No more costly disruptions due to hex chrome filtration issues, keeping your operations running smoothly.
3. Engineered Specifically for HVTS®:
ClearStream is not a generic filtration system. It’s engineered with HVTS® applications in mind, ensuring optimal performance in your specific environment.
ClearStream offers superior performance at a fraction of the cost of an equivalent alternative.
5. Professional Installation:
Our team of trained specialists ensures that your ClearStream system is installed correctly and operates efficiently. You can trust in the expertise of our professionals that have performed over 3000 HVTS® applications over the last decade alone.
Elevate Your Workplace Safety with IGS ClearStream
Hex chrome exposure is a challenge that requires the best solutions available, combining site expertise, innovation, and engineering excellence. With IGS ClearStream, you can elevate your workplace safety and compliance efforts, protecting your team’s health and well-being while ensuring the uninterrupted operation of your HVTS® applications.
For more information and to explore how ClearStream can meet your unique hex chrome and hepa filtration requirements, contact us today.