Cadmium is a metal that is found in nature and is used in many industries and products.
Cadmium is found in
- Cigarette and other tobacco smoke.
- Some cheap metal jewelry, including some charms.
- Rechargeable batteries labeled NiCd or NiCad.
- Metal plating and solder.
- Some red, yellow, and orange decorative paints, which may be used on glassware and pottery.
Possible health concerns
- May affect brain development in young children.
- Can damage the lungs and kidneys.
- Can increase lung cancer risk.
- Can weaken bones.
Possible ways to reduce exposure
- Do not smoke or let children breathe cigarette or other tobacco smoke.
- Do not let children wear or play with cheap metal jewelry or charms.
- Do not let children handle rechargeable batteries labeled NiCd or NiCad.
- Properly recycle batteries (see below).
- If you do any welding or metalworking, be sure that your work area is well ventilated and use proper protective equipment.
- Keep children away from welding fumes and other metal vapors and dusts.
- Eat a well-balanced diet with adequate iron, which can help reduce the amount of cadmium that your body absorbs.
For More Information:
Biomonitoring California Information
Projects measuring Cadmium
Documents, Presentations, and Publications:
- Cadmium Fact Sheet | Fact sheet | 09/21/2016: CadmiumFactSheet.pdf