Safety of abrading cadmium plating
When abrading a surface that is Cadmium plated should precautions be in place for the plating that is being removed? i.e., rubber Protective Gloves [linked by editor to product info at Amazon], face mask? Can the material being removed be absorbed through contact with your skin?Scott Adkins
Northrop Grumman - Huntsville, Alabama
Without knowing the details, I think everyone would agree that breathing cadmium dust is not a good idea.victor waldman
Cadmium plating is almost always chromate conversion coated, and the chromate could probably be absorbed through the skin to some extent.
When working with a toxic material like hexavalent chromium, plus a cumulative poison like cadmium, I certainly think you need proven local ventilation.
I don't know the details of your situation, but it might be better to chemically strip the chromate and cadmium before machining.
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey
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