Hydrofluoric acid... Watch
Regardless, no one wanted to handle the stuff, but I didn't think it was such a big deal. The only PPE I had was a standard lab coat, goggles and latex gloves. Pippetted it out of the jar and onto the glass, everyone was joking about me having a steady hand to do this, but to me it was no big deal.
Some time ago I read a more recent lab safety manual that seemed to make a bigger deal out of PPE and allowing undergraduates to handle this substance. For those of you recently graduated, or doing chemistry and earth science degrees now, what's the situation at your university?
Like the professors of today, fondly remembering times they used to push globules of mercury around in a beaker.