Nickel (CAS 7440-02-0) is a hard, silver-white metal that is a naturally occurring element in the earth’s crust and small amounts are found in food, water, air and soil.

The major uses of nickel are:

  • electroplating
  • industrial plating
  • as an insulating agent
  • as a catalyst
  • in mineral oil lubricant
  • in welding and soldering
  • in the manufacturing of stainless steel and alloys

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

  • nickel refining
  • manufacturing, welding and hot cutting of stainless steels and nickel alloys
  • nickel plating and electroplating
  • packing of nickel powders and alloys
  • maintenance of plant and equipment used in nickel processes
  • 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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