1.0 Purpose and Applicability

The purpose of this hydrofluoric acid (HF) specific chemical safety guidance is to provide basic safety information for researchers who handle HF in research labs. This safety guidance describes injury prevention, personal protective equipment (PPE), engineering controls, spill cleanup, and waste disposal. Also, this guidance provides recommendations for risk reduction via inventory reduction, prudent safety practices, and training.

This guidance is applicable to HF-handling research labs including the central microscopy facility, micro/nanofabrication facility, inorganic sample preparation labs, and other work areas where glass, metal or enamel art work may be performed by HF frosting techniques.