DescriptionChromium is a naturally-occurring element found in rocks, animals, plants, and soil, where it exists in combination with other elements to form various compounds.

The three main forms of chromium are:
  • chromium(0),
  • chromium(III), and
  • chromium(VI).

Small amounts of chromium(III) are needed for human health.
  • manufacturing

Chromium is widely used in manufacturing processes to make various metal alloys such as stainless steel.
Consumer productsChromium can be found in many consumer products such as:
  • wood treated with copper dichromate,
  • leather tanned with chromic sulfate, and
  • stainless steel cookware.
  • metal-on-metal hip replacements


Cover of Toxicological Profile for Chromium
Toxicological Profile for Chromium.
Wilbur S, Abadin H, Fay M, et al.

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