WHMIS (Zinc chromate)

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

WHMIS 2015 classification - Note to reader
Update: 2015-12-22

  • Respiratory sensitization - Category 11 2 3 4 5 6
  • Skin sensitization - Category 1A4 6 7 8 9 10
  • Carcinogenicity - Category 1A11 12

  • WHMIS 2015 pictogram : Health hazard


May cause allergy or asthma symptoms or breathing difficulties if inhaled (H334)
May cause allergic skin reaction (H317)
May cause cancer (H350)

Ingredient disclosure

Comments: This classification is based on all available data for insoluble hexavalent chromium (Cr VI) compounds.


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The [number] refers to the Information SST database of the CNESST Documentation Center.