From: Alan Hall <ahalltoxic**At_Symbol_Here**MSN.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] HF Acid Eater
Date: February 9, 2012 12:21:47 PM EST
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Message-ID: <CB58F22B.B0F8%brandon.chance**At_Symbol_Here**>

It will depend entirely on what is in the "HF Acid Eater Kits".  If something will neutralize the H+ part of an acid, then it might just possibly work for all acids.  If it only "neutralizes" the F- component, then it might only work for HF and acid fluoride compounds (such as BF3).  I'll leave the calculations to the physical chemists in the group as to how much would be needed to "neutralize" how much.  I would suspect some sort of calcium or magnesium component, which would be useless for acids other than HF except as an absorbant.  The corrosive risk would still be there.
I'd suggest ordering and stocking something more appropriate and diposal of these "Kits" as appropriate.
Alan H. Hall, M.D.
Medical Toxicologist

> Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2012 00:46:53 +0000
> From: brandon.chance**At_Symbol_Here**QATAR.TAMU.EDU
> Subject: [DCHAS-L] HF Acid Eater
> To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU
> I recently discovered that my department has a number of HF Acid Eater spill kits in stock, yet no lab within the university currently uses HF. I also discovered that we are completely out of standard acid spill kits. My question is, can an HF spill kit be used on other acids? The kit MSDS does not list ingredients so I am a bit in the dark regarding its active component.
> Thanks,
> Brandon Chance, M.S.
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