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    Default HF Acid... I Got Burned.

    Hey, everyone. I might be posting in the wrong area. I also posted this on another BB, so if you have seen it... sorry.

    As I am relatively new here, this may already have been discussed and I just missed it. But it may help someone else avoid the problems I had so, here goes...



    I got burned with Hydrofluoric Acid (Aluminum Brightener), a few years ago. Did not burn at all when it hit my hands. I was wearing short gloves (like NFL players wear) with rubber palms and mesh backs. I was wearing the gloves mainly to keep my hands clean. Anyway... the acid got inside the gloves, did not hurt, so I did not worry. Then when I was driving home a few hours later my hands started hurting. A few more hours and it felt like someone was bashing my hands with a hammer. I did some internet research... and went straight to the Emergency Room. My hands showed no signs of damage on the outside. Did not turn red. Skin did not come off. I told the Doctor that it was Hydroflouric Acid, not Hydrochloric or Muriatic. They did not listen. Gave me a shot for pain and sent me home. Two days later, my fingernails had turned black, I could not close my hands. My hands were so swollen I could not see knuckles. I went to see my regular Doctor and he told me that, due to how long it had been, what ever damage that was done, was done. There was really nothing left to do at this point. There was a treatment, it had to be done in the first few hours. Would have saved me a lot of pain. Everything is fine now. Except my knuckles feel Arthritic. That may just be my age, though.

    A quick, on the spot treatment is to soak the area in Milk. It helps to balance out the effect of the acid's pulling the calcium from your body.

    Sorry so long. Just thought it might help someone else someday.




    Here is a link for treatment in case it ever happens to someone else: http://membership.acs.org/F/FLUO/hfmedbook.pdf
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    Chuck Flagler
    PRO Pressure Wash
    Lakeland, FL
    (863) 581-5517
    www.propressurewash.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by propressure View Post
    Hey, everyone. I might be posting in the wrong area. I also posted this on another BB, so if you have seen it... sorry.

    As I am relatively new here, this may already have been discussed and I just missed it. But it may help someone else avoid the problems I had so, here goes...



    I got burned with Hydrofluoric Acid (Aluminum Brightener), a few years ago. Did not burn at all when it hit my hands. I was wearing short gloves (like NFL players wear) with rubber palms and mesh backs. I was wearing the gloves mainly to keep my hands clean. Anyway... the acid got inside the gloves, did not hurt, so I did not worry. Then when I was driving home a few hours later my hands started hurting. A few more hours and it felt like someone was bashing my hands with a hammer. I did some internet research... and went straight to the Emergency Room. My hands showed no signs of damage on the outside. Did not turn red. Skin did not come off. I told the Doctor that it was Hydroflouric Acid, not Hydrochloric or Muriatic. They did not listen. Gave me a shot for pain and sent me home. Two days later, my fingernails had turned black, I could not close my hands. My hands were so swollen I could not see knuckles. I went to see my regular Doctor and he told me that, due to how long it had been, what ever damage that was done, was done. There was really nothing left to do at this point. There was a treatment, it had to be done in the first few hours. Would have saved me a lot of pain. Everything is fine now. Except my knuckles feel Arthritic. That may just be my age, though.

    A quick, on the spot treatment is to soak the area in Milk. It helps to balance out the effect of the acid's pulling the calcium from your body.

    Sorry so long. Just thought it might help someone else someday.




    Here is a link for treatment in case it ever happens to someone else: http://membership.acs.org/F/FLUO/hfmedbook.pdf
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    I read this where you posted it before, what a painful nightmare. Thanks for sharing.
    Jeff

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    Timely post, Chuck. We have had a couple of burn issues this summer. One guy bit on the foot by sodium hydroxide, and another guy caught a random spatter on the forearm from a nearby mason cleaning a brick chimney with hydrochloric. Never a bad time for a wake up call on safety.
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    Scott Burt
    Topcoat Finishes, Inc.

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    Thanks for posting this, Chuck. Smart people will learn from other's mistakes.
    Ken Fenner
    PressurePros, Inc
    House Washing
    Pressure Washing Companies




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    ... thanks for sharing Chuck - you always have to take care when working with chemicals. I have learned my lesson after getting minor burns... one was with a phosphoric/hydrofluoric blend used in cleaning a car wash bay, the other was a small caustic burn on my neck.

    PPE and careful usage at all times!!

    Hope your hands are not bothering you too much.
    Steven Button
    CleanFast USA
    Florida
    407-552-1441
    www.cleanfastusa.com



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    We do not mess with HF acid. IT CAN KILL YOU EASILY.I have gotten hit by everything we have. A little irritation, sodium hydroxide, I wash my hands with it if I dont have soap. My brother got a face full of oxalic, in the eyes, wash em out and he is fine.Chlorine, not a problem. But I have not, or will never touch HF acid. It can kill you just like you said. doesnt hurt, gets in the blood and goes to the heart. bad shizt
    Brian Schrecengost
    Lenny's Powerwashing
    Williamsburg, Va

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    What are people doing for ppe when dealing with caustics and bad acids? If there is already a thread on this, please point me to it. I still think we should set up a specific sub forum where safety info can be compiled.
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    Scott Burt
    Topcoat Finishes, Inc.

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    I also got burned. I was using a product called Gutter Zap. Works well cleaning gutters and aluminum. Didn't feel any pain as I too was wearing gloves but the drippings dripped onto my forearm and it took about 2 weeks to heal. I now have a one inch scar to remind me to ensure I'm well protected.

    Pals Power Washing, LLC
    Kevin Palladino
    Southington, CT
    Cell# 860-919-8748

    "Veteran Owned & Operated"

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