From: Jeff Tenney <Jeff.Tenney**At_Symbol_Here**SDMYERS.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Question on trifluoracetic acid & emergencies
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 13:18:53 +0000
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I would say yes. Below is a post from the Princeton University lab safety manual:


Hydrofluoric Acid Burn from Trifluoracetic Acid


A laboratory worker picked up a container of trifluoroacetic acid with her ungloved hand to move it. She did not notice that there was a small amount of residue on the glass. Several hours later, she experienced pain in the palm of her hand and the inside aspect of her thumb. The result was a serious burn that required skin grafting.  She was not aware that this type of burn could result from handling trifluoracetic acid.


Trifluoracetic acid can form hydrofluoric acid upon contact with moisture. Hydrofluoric acid can cause deep burns that may not be painful for hours.



Know the hazards of the chemicals involved before handling them.

Always assume containers are contaminated and wear appropriate gloves when handling chemical containers.

Keep a hydrofluoric acid burn kit in the laboratory when working with hydrofluoric acid or trifluoracetic acid.




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
Stony Brook, NY 11794-6200
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