While the actual health effects of electroplating depend on the specific chemical, most of the health hazards are very serious. Acids are most often used for electroplating, and most of them result in lesions and burns when they touch the skin, according to the handbook. The solvents used to clean objects before plating can result in a light-headed feeling, headaches and even death. Workplace electroplating results in 20 percent to 25 percent of industry-related injuries, such as bruising and strain from lifting heavy chemical tanks.
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