Health monitoring for cobalt
Cobalt (CAS 7440-48-4; Co) is a grey metal that exists in a number of oxidation states, including divalent (Co[II]) and trivalent (Co[III]) oxidation states.
Examples of work activities involving cobalt and its compounds that may require special attention include:
- refining or processing alloys
- in nickel-metal hydride batteries
- as a colorant in glazes for arts and crafts including glass, ceramics and paints
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: