Date: Fri, 7 May 2010 17:01:06 -0400
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From: "Dr. Jay A. Young" <chemsafety**At_Symbol_Here**VERIZON.NET>
Subject: Re: Use of diphoterine in labs

Mary Beth,
Using any substance instead of water on the skin or eyes as the first thing used to wash off and/or dilute a corrosive spill will aggravate the damage, not alleviate it.
Water, one way or another, is almost always available and should be used copiously to flood the threatened living tissues.  Typically, one should flush with flowing, moving water for at least 15 minutes before any other treatment.
After that, maybe diphoterine (whatever that is--I never heard of it) would be helpful.  But I'd want to read the MSDS before I would ever consider using it--even after a 15 minute flushing with water.
Jay Young
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From: Lanza, Mary Beth
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Sent: Friday, May 07, 2010 11:46 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Use of diphoterine in labs

Hi all,

I heard about this incident second hand.  Have any of you heard of diphoterine?

There recently has been a serious incident at a manufacturing site in Western Australia involving 98% H2SO4. As a result of this, corporate SHE is implementing the use of a wash solution called diphoterine. Has anyone heard of this? It's intended as a first aid measure (instead of water) to flush the skin and is supposed to ameliorate blistering and/or reduce pain from contact with acids and alkalis.

If anyone has any knowledge of it or experience using it I would be interested in hearing about it.


Mary Beth Lanza
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