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Ann Occup Hyg. 1996 Dec;40(6):705-10.

Fatality due to acute fluoride poisoning following dermal contact with hydrofluoric acid in a palynology laboratory.

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  • 1WorkSafe Western Australia, West Perth, Australia.


A fatal accident involving concentrated hydrofluoric acid in a palynological laboratory is described. Similar deaths due to dermal exposure to concentrated hydrofluoric acid have been reported in the literature. It is evident that rigorous control measures including proper personal protective equipment and first aid are of utmost importance in the prevention of death and injury when handling hydrofluoric acid. Possible factors that may have contributed to the accident are reviewed.

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