From: Frank Coppo <Frank.T.Coppo**At_Symbol_Here**GSK.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Question on trifluoracetic acid & emergencies
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 13:15:58 +0000
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Hi Kim ??

Nope, not necessary. TFA has covalent C-F bonds; HF will not be generable under any reasonable lab conditions I can imagine... (I was a synthesis chemist for 22 years & have worked with extensively). It is a very strong acid, though, & volatile to boot (resp hazard), so you??ll want to make sure folks are aware of those hazards...

Hope this helps a bit!
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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Kim Gates
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2014 8:55 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Question on trifluoracetic acid & emergencies

One of the labs on campus asked about having an HF emergency kit for trifluoracetic acid use.

I need the collective wisdom of his group - yes? no? references? (the SDS doesn't mention anything about this)


Kim Gates
Laboratory Safety Specialist
Environmental Health & Safety
Stony Brook University
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