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RatchetStrap.com Blog-Cargo Securement & Tie Down Experts — Hexavalent Chromium

The problem with Chromium-6 Hexavalent Chromium and a better alternative...

Posted by Ken Webb on

The problem with Chromium-6 Hexavalent Chromium and a better alternative...

Hexavalent Chromium or Chromium-6, is a toxic, chemical compound (Yellow Dichromate is the pigment color of the inexpensive lead base) commonly used in anti-corrosion surface coatings on tie down strap hardware shipped to the United States from China.  Chromic acid is electroplated onto metal parts and if welded to, ground down or used around high heat, oxidation converts chromium to a hexavalent state.  This inhaled hexavalent chromium is recognized as a human carcinogen and is prohibited in the European Union.  Hexavalent Chromium was also the contaminant blamed for polluting the drinking water of Hinkley, California in the famed movie, Erin...

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