Health monitoring for cadmium


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This guide helps doctors to monitor the health of workers exposed to cadmium.  

Cadmium (CAS 7440-43-9) is a soft, silvery, squashy metal similar to zinc. You will find it in batteries, pigments, coatings and platings, as a plastic stabiliser and in photovoltaic devices. 

Examples of work using cadmium and its compounds include: 

  • welding, soldering, oxy-cutting and smelting 

  • welding or oxy-cutting of cadmium alloy and cadmium plate 

  • using cadmium-silver alloy for silver soldering or brazing 

  • electroplating 

  • making cadmium alloys 

  • extracting cadmium from mineral ore smelters 

  • opening containers and weighing out cadmium powders 

  • charging cadmium powders into process plant 

  • grinding, discharging and packaging cadmium powders 

  • working with nickel-cadmium batteries 

  • making and handling paint and plastic containing cadmium pigments and recycling the plastic 

  • textile production. 

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