Hydroflouric Acid (HF) First Aid Kit

HF Acid First Aid Kit
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Hydrofluoric acid is a highly corrosive solution of the chemical compound hydrogen fluoride in water. It is extremely hazardous as it can penetrate human skin, allowing it to destroy soft tissues and decalcify bones. This convenient HF Acid First Aid Kit contains over 30 items for HF exposure response and general workplace first aid.

Hazard Identification

Skin:
Both liquid and vapor can cause severe burns, which may not be immediately painful or visible. HF will penetrate the skin and attack underlying tissues. Large or multiple burns totaling over 25 square inches of body surface area may also cause hypocalcaemia and other toxic effects which may be fatal. Prolonged contact with very dilute HF solutions will cause burns.

Eyes:
Both liquid and vapor can cause irritation or corneal burns.

Inhalation:
Mild Exposure: Can irritate nose, throat and respiratory system. Onset of symptoms may be delayed for several hours.

Severe Exposure: Can cause nose and throat burns, lung inflammation and pulmonary edema. Can also result in other toxic effects including hypocalcaemia, which, if not treated properly, can be fatal.

Ingestion:
Can cause severe burns to the mouth, throat and stomach and may result in death if swallowed. Even ingesting small amounts of dilute HF will likely cause profound and possibly fatal hypocalcaemia and systemic toxicity unless medical treatment is immediately initiated.

Effects of Varying HF Concentrations:
Depending on the concentration of HF used at the time of the accident, the symptoms of the burn may be immediate or delayed.

  • HF concentrations greater than 50%: Immediate burns appear. There is a rapid destruction of tissue beginning as a whitish discoloration, usually progressing to blisters, accompanied by severe pain.
  • HF concentrations between 20 and 50%: Symptoms can be delayed one to eight hours.
  • HF concentrations less than 20%: Symptoms may be delayed for up to 24 hours.
  • HF concentrations as low as 2%: If exposure to the acid is long enough, symptoms can appear.

Available as:

HFFA - Hydroflouric (HF) Acid First Aid Kit, Plastic Box

Kit contents (USA/Canada):

First Aid instructions for HF burns
2 x Tubes of Calgonate® Gel (25gr each, made in the USA)
2 x Bottles of Calgonate® Emergency Eyewash (120ml squirt bottle, made in the USA)
1 x pair of Medical Scissors
1 x Exposure incident report sheet
6 x 3” x 3” Gauze Pad
4 x (2 5/8”x 1 5/8”) Oval Eyepad
6 x 4” x 4” Gauze Pad
2 x 3” Conforming Stretch Gauze Bandage
2 x 2” Conforming Stretch Gauze Bandage
2 x 59ml bottle of first aid antiseptic spray
2 x Ammonia Inhalant – Respiratory Stimulant
2 x 5” x 9” Sterile Combine Pad
1 x ½” x 180” Roll of waterproof adhesive tape
1 x Cold pack – instant cold compress
2 x Pairs of medical gloves
1 x Pupil guage
2 x 8” x 10” ABD Pad – extra absorbent

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