HSF, guidance on chromate primers

Pigment & Resin Technology

ISSN: 0369-9420

Article publication date: 1 June 2000




Bean, J. (2000), "HSF, guidance on chromate primers", Pigment & Resin Technology, Vol. 29 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/prt.2000.12929caa.004



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HSF, guidance on chromate primers

HSF, guidance on chromate primers

Keywords: Pigments, Primers, Corrosion prevention

Because of their special properties, various chromate pigments are still being used in anti-corrosion primers. However, most users - and manufacturers - are steering away from hexavalent chromium, with which an increase in the risk of cancer has been associated.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a new free information leaflet explaining the health hazards arising from use of chromate primers, and details the steps that employers should take to comply with the 1999 CoSHH Regulations. It also lays out the practical control measures which should be taken to minimise the risk of exposure.

John Powell, Head of the HSE's Engineering National Interest Group, has commented: "Several of these chromate pigments are classified as carcinogens, so every effort should be made to substitute with a less harmful alternative. Where this is not reasonably practicable, employers should have regard to the specific legal requirements relevant to carcinogens that are explained in this new publication". Copies from HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 6FS. Tel: +44 (0)1787 881165.

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