Cadmium has been used in metal and plastic jewellery and grocery products as a colour (especially yellow-orange-pun) and as a coating. Cadmium has been used in the galvanising of steel to prevent it from rusting, this has been abandoned because of its toxicity.

A metal toxic to humans. Cadmium accumulates in the internal organs, especially the kidneys and liver.

The cadmium content of the metal parts of jewellery must be less than 0.01 p-%. Cadmium is used in jewellery solder and as an alloying metal. There are also restrictions on the cadmium content of certain types of plastics and paints.

the restriction on cadmium in entry 23 of Annex XVII of the Reach Regulation.