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Anyway, I did my degree a while ago, although not too long ago - see signature - and in one of the experiments it was necessary to handle hydrofluoric acid to dissolve crushed glass that we'd created after melting a rock in a furnace. We were doing this in a group and all, and the prof made a big deal about not spilling it on your skin, and we had all done our risk assessments and had calcium gluconate gel and everything, but he said that taking proper handling precautions, it would be OK.

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?

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undergraduates arn't allowed near it, even for myself i had to fill in exra forms (on top of COSHH) and recieve extra 'training' fro the 'health and safety' guy - which was of little practical use. PPE = face mask, lab coat, and super thick nitirle gloves
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I'm not sure of the official stance on it, but the academics do love a bit of HF-based scaremongering. It's exceptionally dangerous stuff in concentration, there's no doubting that.
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We've never been let anywhere near it.
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I will have to check my lab notebooks for concentration, but I'm fairly sure it was of sufficient concentration to dissolve ground glass. I know I didn't wear any special gloves (yes, I'm now aware it penetrates latex) or extra face protection, as I would have remembered writing it on my risk assessment.

Like the professors of today, fondly remembering times they used to push globules of mercury around in a beaker.

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