Chromium: biological information

Chromium is an essential trace element and has a role in glucose metabolism. It seems to have an effect in the action of insulin. In anything other than trace amounts, chromium compounds should be regarded as highly toxic.

Levels in humans

Table: the abundances of the elements in humans.
Human abundance by weight30 ppb by weight
Human abundance by atoms4 atoms relative to C = 1000000

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Hazards and Risks

Hazards and risks associated with chromium: chromium metal powder is a fire hazard. All chromium compounds should be regarded as highly toxic. Chromium(VI) compounds are highly toxic and carcinogenic. Chromium(III) compounds are less toxic. Chromium compounds are important pollutants.

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