Cadmium

CONTAMINANT: CADMIUM
ORIGIN: Moldex Technical Services Department
REVIEWED/UPDATED: July 2020

Overview

Cadmium is a metal which is found in lead, copper and zinc sulfide ores. Most cadmium compounds are red, yellow or brown in color. In its elemental form, cadmium is a bluish metal or a grayish powder. It is used in the production of battery components, dyes and plastics. Also, cadmium may be used as a coating on metals, such as electrical conduit, steel and certain types of equipment.

Dusts and fumes of cadmium or cadmium-containing materials are health hazards which can cause lung and kidney disease, and are considered carcinogenic.

Exposure to cadmium may occur when brazing or welding with cadmium alloys, fusing reinforced steel by cadmium welding, burning, grinding or welding on surfaces painted with cadmium-containing paints and wrecking or demolishing facilities with cadmium-containing materials.

The OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for cadmium is 5 micrograms per cubic meter.)


Moldex® Solution

Moldex® suggests the N or P100 respirators as the minimum protection.

Affected Industries

Construction or demolition companies
Maintenance or renovation companies

Reference

OSHA’s 29CFR1910.1027 for general industry and 29CFR 1926.1127 for construction
https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=10035

https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=10891

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/cadmium/index.html

WARNING: The information contained in this Tech Brief is dated and was accurate to the best of Moldex’s knowledge, on the date above. It is not meant to be comprehensive, nor is it intended to be used in place of the warning/use instructions that accompany Moldex respirators. Outside of the USA, check with all applicable and local government regulations.

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