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Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board to Meet

Hexavalent chromium is used in electroplating, welding, shown here, and chromate painting. Photo: Weldscientist/Creative Commons

The state Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board will meet at 10 a.m. Monday via WebEx, to continue a discussion on hexavalent chromium, compounds that are harmful to the eyes, skin and respiratory system.

Hexavalent chromium are a large group of chemicals with varying properties, uses and workplace exposures, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Hexavalent chromium is used in electroplating, welding and chromate painting.

Workers at risk of being exposed include welders working with carbon and stainless steel welding, steel mill workers in iron and steel foundries, workers who work with or near wet cement and employees working in the electroplating, wood preservation or textile dyeing industries.

Listen to the meeting online or by phone at 1-415-655-0003, access code is 178 141 9518. Organizers ask the public to mute their phone upon entering.  Register online by 5 p.m. Jan. 28. Meeting Agenda

To test your computer’s WebEx capabilities before the meeting, visit https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html.

The Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board includes 16 experts in toxicology, public health, ecology, engineering and other related fields. Their expertise assists the state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services by recommending reviews and evaluations of contaminants, acting as consultants on DEQ’s determinations to regulate contaminants, and helping the agencies identify contaminants of concern and determine which contaminants should be studied further.

To learn more about the board and hear recordings of past meetings, the website. 

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