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Cadmium and selected cadmium compounds

Cadmium is a metal that is primarily being used in batteries, though cadmium can also be a component of pigments and coatings. Workers in industries that use or produce cadmium and cadmium compounds are at risk for increased cadmium exposure. Cadmium may damage male and female fertility and development of the unborn child. This is also the case for eight other evaluated cadmium compounds. The Committee on the Classification of Reproduction Toxic Substances recommends to classify these substances as presumed human reproductive toxicants (hazard category 1B). Moreover, the Committee recommends a classification for effects on of via lactation.