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Antimony (CAS 7440-36-0) is a brittle, silver white metallic element. Antimony (Sb) exists in a number of oxidation states, including the free metal, trivalent (Sb[III]) and pentavalent (Sb[V]) oxidation states.

Antimony is found in the environment mainly as the sulfide and stibnite. The main use of antimony is as a fire retardant in plastics, rubber, building materials and textiles.

Examples of work activities involving antimony that require special attention when assessing exposure include:

  • mining
  • smelting

This guide provides information for those registered medical practitioners engaged by a PCBU to carry out or supervise health monitoring for workers. This guidance should be read in conjunction with the following:

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