Date: Fri, 7 May 2010 15:25:45 -0700
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Subject: Re: Use of diphoterine in labs
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See diphoterine MSDS available at: e/05_diphoterine_fds.php

Product appears to be a sterile water-based salt solution with a 2 year shelf life.  Reportedly registered in Europe as a class IIa medical device.

With regards,


Michael N. Cooper MS, MPH, CIH

Senior Managing Scientist

Exponent / Failure Analysis Associates

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Sent: Friday, May 07, 2010 1:26 PM
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Use of diphoterine in labs

I recall reading a peer-reviewed article in the ACGIH journal in 2006 or 2007 about diphoterine.  It is supposed to neutralize liquids or otherwise prevent the further dilution of light-end petroleum-based material (e.g., gasoline, diesel, JP-8), that more easily penetrate skin when diluted.  What I was at NAS Whidbey Island, we were considering purchasing diphoterine for use by spill respond personnel who had dermal contact with JP-8, avgas, gasoline, and diesel.

Paul Sonnenfeld, CPEA

Date: Fri, 7 May 2010 08:46:06 -0700
From: MaryBeth.Lanza**At_Symbol_Here**WEYERHAEUSER.COM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Use of diphoterine in labs
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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
Scientist - Infrared Spectroscopy
Analysis and Testing Services
WTC Chemical Hygiene Officer
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