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Hydrogen Fluoride


Hydrogen Fluoride, also known as hydrofluoric acid (HF), is an inorganic acid mainly used for producing fluorine-containing materials such as refrigerants, pharmaceutical intermediates and fluoropolymers. Other uses include metals manufacturing, glass etching and polishing, production of gasoline, stainless steel pickling, semi-conductor preparation and various applications in the chemical and specialty metal production industries.

The Hydrogen Fluoride (HF) Panel addresses industry issues relating to the use, manufacture, transportation, emergency response, health effects, environmental impacts and governmental regulation of Anhydrous Hydrogen Fluoride and Hydrofluoric Acid (collectively referred to as HF).

The HF Panel of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) was formed in 1988 with a mission of promoting the safe manufacturing, use, handling, transportation, emergency response, and disposal of Anhydrous Hydrogen Fluoride and Hydrofluoric Acid (collectively referred to as HF).

The Panel’s activities are conducted in conformance with ACC’s Responsible Care® Program and codes of practice.  The Panel addresses industry issues on process safety, health, environmental impacts, and governmental regulation of HF.

HF can be handled safely without adverse risks to humans or the environment if used and handled in accordance with applicable risk management practices.  Additional information on HF is available from applicable Material Safety Data Sheets and the members of the Panel, and these sources should be consulted before using HF.

HF is a critical component in the production of gasoline and in producing fluorine-containing materials such as refrigerants, pharmaceutical intermediates and fluoropolymers. Other uses include metals manufacturing, glass etching and polishing, stainless steel pickling, semi-conductor preparation and various applications in the chemical and specialty metal production industries.

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