Cobalt is known to have human health and environmental hazards which are communicated by the classification and appropriate labelling of each cobalt substance. Exposure to each cobalt substance is described and documented in "exposure scenarios".
Based on both hazard and exposure, risk is assessed and controlled. It is addressed by implementing a hierarchy of controls, ranging from engineering controls, to administrative controls, to protective gear.
Cobalt is essential to life, industry, and to sustainable development. At high enough doses however cobalt can be hazardous to health and the environment.
The CI is working hard to improve our scientific knowledge behind cobalt-related reactions, and is evaluating the associated impact on human health. See the following pages for more information.
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