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Hydrogen fluoride – HF

This page presents information about hydrogen fluoride – or hydrofluoric acid – (HF), appropriate detection means – Hydrogen fluoride gas detector – and respiratory protective equipment (gas mask or powered air purifying respirator with E-P3 combined filter).

Hydrogen fluoride gas detector, sensors and HF respiratory protection for better safety

Hydrogen fluoride properties

Hydrogen fluoride (HF) – also known as hydrofluoric acid – can be found in its gaseous form or under its liquid state at ambient temperature. It is mainly used in the petrochemical industry as an alkylation catalyst but also in the pharmaceutical industry (pharmaceutical products synthesis), on construction sites (building facade cleaning) and in surface treatment (pickling) or uranium treatment.

CAS TWA (8 hours) STEL (15 minutes) LEL IP Density / Air Filter / SCBA
7664-39-3 1.8 ppm 3 ppm 15.98 eV 0.7 E-P3

Hydrogen fluoride effects on health

Hydrogen fluoride (HF) is a colorless gas featuring a pungent smell. This gas is very toxic by inhalation (R26), if swallowed (R28) or in contact with the skin (R27). It reacts with water to form hydrofluoric acid, which is very corrosive and extremely dangerous for the environment – it changes water pH. Even if this gas is not flammable, it reacts with almost any metal in presence of humidity and produce hydrogen (H2) – and highly flammable gas.

Hydrogen fluoride effects on health - HF gas dangers

Hydrogen fluoride effects on health (HF)

Hydrogen fluoride gas detector - HF

Hydrogen fluoride is detectable through smell, however only an HF gas detector can accurately measure concentrations of this extremely toxic gas. It is recommended to use a fixed or portable ppm hydrogen fluoride gas detection system.

Portasens II is a rare gases leak detector with interchangeable sensors. This calibration-free detector is equipped with an internal sampling pump to accurately monitor around thirty gases.

  • Portable gas detector PortasenseII
  • Gas leak detection of alcohol, B2H6, Br2, C2H2, CH2O, Cl2, ClO2, CO, COCl2, F2, acid gas, GeH4, H2, H2O2, H2S, HCl, HF, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, SiH4
  • Power supply: D alkaline battery (75 hours runtime) and rechargeable battery
  • 3 visual and audible alarms (alarm 1, alarm 2 and adjustable alarm)
  • Outputs: RS232 for data downloading on a PC
  • Additional information
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Rare gases leak detector – PORTASENS II

Portasens II is a rare gases leak detector with interchangeable sensors. This calibration-free detector is equipped with an internal sampling pump to accurately monitor around thirty gases.

Portable gas detector PortasenseII
  • Gas leak detection of alcohol, B2H6, Br2, C2H2, CH2O, Cl2, ClO2, CO, COCl2, F2, acid gas, GeH4, H2, H2O2, H2S, HCl, HF, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, SiH4
  • Power supply: D alkaline battery (75 hours runtime) and rechargeable battery
  • 3 visual and audible alarms (alarm 1, alarm 2 and adjustable alarm)
  • Outputs: RS232 for data downloading on a PC
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PortaSense II gas leak detector is a single-gas detector to monitor rare gases. This device is powered with a D alkaline battery for around 75 hours runtime and an internal Nicad battery with an autonomy of around 6 hours.

The PortaSense gas leak detector can detect many gases thanks to its large range of interchangeable sensors. Majors detected gases are: alcohol, B2H6, Br2, C2H2, CH2O, Cl2, ClO2, CO, COCl2, F2, acid gas, GeH4, H2, H2O2, H2S, HCl, HF, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, SiH4. In complement to this detected gases, this monitor features different measuring ranges for every gas.

The PortaSense II primarily detect gas leaks with its integrated sampling pump. This enables accurate measurements of hazardous gas concentrations. This gas leak detector with interchangeable sensors is moreover calibration-free, which makes it very versatile.

This single-gas detector features audible and audible alarms with 3 levels: caution, warning, and alarm with adjustable setpoints. A fourth alarm will indicate a low flow or low battery.

Thanks to its internal memory, the detector can record event data during 8 days with 1 minute interval. Furthermore, Portasense II features an RS32 output to connect a PC for data downloading.

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Especially designed to monitor exotic gases, the X-am® 5100 single gas detector accurately detects hydrogen fluoride (HF), nitric acid (HNO3), hydrogen bromide (HBr), hydrogen chloride (HCl), hydrazine (N2H4), phosphorus oxychloride (POCl3 or PCl3) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).

  • Drager portable exotic gas detector
  • Lightweight (220g), robust and insensitive to electromagnetic radiation
  • User-friendly 2-button interface
  • Visual, audible (90 dB) and vibrating alarms
  • Data logging
  • ATEX, CE, IECEx, CSA us (class I, Division I) approved
  • Additional information

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Portable exotic gas detector X-am 5100

Especially designed to monitor exotic gases, the X-am® 5100 single gas detector accurately detects hydrogen fluoride (HF), nitric acid (HNO3), hydrogen bromide (HBr), hydrogen chloride (HCl), hydrazine (N2H4), phosphorus oxychloride (POCl3 or PCl3) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).

Drager portable exotic gas detector
  • Lightweight (220g), robust and insensitive to electromagnetic radiation
  • User-friendly 2-button interface
  • Visual, audible (90 dB) and vibrating alarms
  • Data logging
  • ATEX, CE, IECEx, CSA us (class I, Division I) approved
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Primarily designed for use in applications like petroleum products production, packaging aseptization, refrigerant systems protection against corrosion or even the production of rocket fuel, the X-am 5100 is a portable single-gas personal detector. This small handheld monitor can continuously and accurately measure an monitor concentrations of hydrogen fluoride (HF), nitric acid (HNO3), hydrogen bromide (HBr), hydrogen chloride (HCl), hydrazine (N2H4), phosphoryl trichloride (POCl3 ou PCl3) or hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).

Small, compact, lightweight and robust, the X-am 5100 portable single-gas detector features a visual alarm at 360°, a multi-tone audible alarm of 90 dB at 30 cm and a vibrating alarm to alert every user on abnormal and hazardous concentrations of the target gas. Its rugged housing is IP54 certified which enables the X-am 5100 to be used in demanding environments with a temperature range from -20 to 50°C and a relative humidity from 10 to 90%. This portable gas detector is also schock-resistant and immune to electromagnetic emissions.

The X-am 5100 is available in three versions. The first one is powered with a rechargeable NiMH battery which gives the detector an autonomy of around 150 hours. The second version is powered with a rechargeable high capacity NiMH battery which gives the detector an autonomy of around 180 hours. Lastly, the third version is powered with alkaline batteries which give the detector an autonomy of around 150 hours runtime.

Thanks to its intuitive menu and its two ergonomic buttons the X-am 5100 portable single-gas detector is easy to use and requires no special technical skills to operate. Moreover, it can easily be placed closed to the breathing tracts thanks to its crocodile clip in order to get measured concentrations as close as possible to those inhaled by the operator.

Its integrated datalogger can store more than 100 hours of data with interval of 1 value per minute. This data can then be retrieved or transferred to a computer with an infrared interface integrated on the device.

The X-am 5100 is delivered ready for use with a charger and a calibration certificate.

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4-20 mA gas detector / transmitter with integrated sampling pump, pre-calibrated cartridge, alarm relays and TCP/IP communication.

Detection of AsH3, B2H6, BCl3, BF3, Br2, C2H4O, Cl2, ClF3, ClO2, CO, COCl2, F2, GeH4, H2, H2S, H2Se, HBr, HCl, HCN, HF, HMDS, N2H4, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, POCl3, Si2H6, SiCl4, SiHCl3, SO2, TEOS, TMB, TMP, WF6

  • Fixed gas detector Midas
  • Detection with pyrolysis module of C4F6, C5H8, CH3F, DCE 1.2, NF3, SF6
  • Integrated aspirated pump: 500 mL/min flow
  • 3 configurable NO or NF alarm relays
  • High accuracy measurement from ppb to ppm
  • Ethernet (PoE) TCP/IP and Modbus communication
  • Additional information
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Midas gas detector with sampling pump

4-20 mA gas detector / transmitter with integrated sampling pump, pre-calibrated cartridge, alarm relays and TCP/IP communication.

Detection of AsH3, B2H6, BCl3, BF3, Br2, C2H4O, Cl2, ClF3, ClO2, CO, COCl2, F2, GeH4, H2, H2S, H2Se, HBr, HCl, HCN, HF, HMDS, N2H4, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, POCl3, Si2H6, SiCl4, SiHCl3, SO2, TEOS, TMB, TMP, WF6

Fixed gas detector Midas
  • Detection with pyrolysis module of C4F6, C5H8, CH3F, DCE 1.2, NF3, SF6
  • Integrated aspirated pump: 500 mL/min flow
  • 3 configurable NO or NF alarm relays
  • High accuracy measurement from ppb to ppm
  • Ethernet (PoE) TCP/IP and Modbus communication
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Operating with a reliable gas detection technology, the Midas fixed gas detector has been especially designed to monitor the presence of flammable and toxic gases in ambient air. This way, this detector can monitor following gases: arsine (AsH3), diborane (B2H6), boron trichloride (BCl3), boron trifluoride (BF3), bromine (Br2), ethylene oxide (C2H4O), chlorine (Cl2), chlorine trifluoride (ClF3), chlorine dioxide (ClO2), carbon monoxide (CO), chlorine dioxide (COCl2), fluorine (F2), germane (GeH4), hydrogen (H2), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), hydrogen selenide (H2Se), hydrogen bromide (HBr), hydrogen chloride (HCl), hydrogen cyanide (HCN), hydrogen fluoride (HF), hexamethyldisilazan (HMDS), hydrazine (N2H4), ammonia (NH3), nitric oxyde (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), oxygen (O2), ozone (O3), phosphine (PH3), phosphoryl chloride (POCl3), disilane (Si2H6), silicon tetrachloride (SiCl4), trichlorosilane (SiHCl3), sulfur dioxide (SO2), tetra ethyl ortho silicate (TEOS), trimethylborane (TMB), TMP, tungsten hexafluoride (WF6).

 

Moreover, with its optional pyrolyzer module, Midas is able to detect following gases: hexafluorobutadiene (C4F6), octofluorocyclopentene (C5H8), methyl fluoride (CH3F), DCE 1.2, nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).

 

Compact and featuring a zinc-plated steel base, the Midas is easy to install. Small, compact and lightweight, this detector suits perfectly in applications like light industries, laboratories, semiconductor transformation or even the wastewater treatment. Its pump system has a 2 year lifetime and can draw samples up to 30 meters.

 

Its alphanumeric backlit LCD with intuitive icon menu can display the concentrations and its datalogger enables operators to download vents and sensor history.

 

Its smart sensor with on board calibration certificate are ready for use and can be easily and quickly replaced.

 

Midas fixed gas detector features several outputs: visual, 3 built in relays for alarm 1, 2 and fault, analog and digital communication and is powered through Ethernet connection (PoE). It can be wired with 4-20 mA 2 to 4 wires or digitally with CAT5 cabling or equivalent with RJ45 connector.

 

Lastly, Midas is CE marked for a total immunity to electromagnetic interferences.

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The Satellite XT is a fixed gas detector with interchangeable sensors. It is especially designed to continuously monitor hazardous concentrations of gases.

Detected gases: AsH3, BBr3, B2H6, BCl3, BF3, Br2, C2H4O, Cl2, ClF3, ClO2, CO, COCl2, F2, GeH4, H2, H2S, H2Se, HBr, HCl, HCN, HF, HMDS, MCF, MMH, N2H4, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, POCl3, SiCl4, SiHCl3, SO2,TBA, TBP, TDMAT, TEOS, TMB, TMP, UDMH, WF6.

  • Fxed gas detector Satellite XT
  • Pyrolysis module detection: C4F6, C5F8, CH3F, DCE 1.2, NF3, SF6
  • Pre-calibrated interchangeable sensors, easy maintenance
  • 4-20mA linear output
  • 3 optional single-pole relays
  • Optional remote measure (up to 3 meters)
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Toxic corrosive & combustible gas detector – satellite xt

The Satellite XT is a fixed gas detector with interchangeable sensors. It is especially designed to continuously monitor hazardous concentrations of gases.

Detected gases: AsH3, BBr3, B2H6, BCl3, BF3, Br2, C2H4O, Cl2, ClF3, ClO2, CO, COCl2, F2, GeH4, H2, H2S, H2Se, HBr, HCl, HCN, HF, HMDS, MCF, MMH, N2H4, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, POCl3, SiCl4, SiHCl3, SO2,TBA, TBP, TDMAT, TEOS, TMB, TMP, UDMH, WF6.

Fxed gas detector Satellite XT
  • Pyrolysis module detection: C4F6, C5F8, CH3F, DCE 1.2, NF3, SF6
  • Pre-calibrated interchangeable sensors, easy maintenance
  • 4-20mA linear output
  • 3 optional single-pole relays
  • Optional remote measure (up to 3 meters)
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HF respiratory protection - Hydrogen fluoride

As hydrogen fluoride is irritant to the eyes, it is advised to use a full face mask for short interventions or a full powered air respirator equipped with an E-P3 combined filter. If concentrations exceed 60 times the OEL, a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is required.

The Duraflow powered air respirator is a versatile solution for hazardous workspaces. It provides a quality respiratory protection for a fair price.

  • The powered air purifying respirator Duraflow PAPR
  • Compatibility with RD DIN 40 universal filter cartridges
  • Rechargeable battery – 2 available version: 8 or 16 hours runtime
  • Automatic airflow regulation (160l/min)
  • Visual alarms, notifications and display
  • CEN1294 & CE0086 certified, IP55/IP67
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Powered air purifying respirator Duraflow

The Duraflow powered air respirator is a versatile solution for hazardous workspaces. It provides a quality respiratory protection for a fair price.

The powered air purifying respirator Duraflow PAPR
  • Compatibility with RD DIN 40 universal filter cartridges
  • Rechargeable battery – 2 available version: 8 or 16 hours runtime
  • Automatic airflow regulation (160l/min)
  • Visual alarms, notifications and display
  • CEN1294 & CE0086 certified, IP55/IP67
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The SARI gas mask provides operating comfort and efficient protection against toxic gases and particles (solid, radioactive, smokes), bacteria and virus.

  • Compatible with PRO2000 filter range (gas, particle and combined)
  • Central phonic membrane for easy communication
  • Compatible with powered air equipment
  • Internal mask with non-return and anti-fog valves, reduces CO2
  • Fully adjustable 5 points harness for improved operating comfort
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Full face gas mask – SARI

The SARI gas mask provides operating comfort and efficient protection against toxic gases and particles (solid, radioactive, smokes), bacteria and virus.

masque sari contre les gaz toxiques et vapeurs chimiques
  • Compatible with PRO2000 filter range (gas, particle and combined)
  • Central phonic membrane for easy communication
  • Compatible with powered air equipment
  • Internal mask with non-return and anti-fog valves, reduces CO2
  • Fully adjustable 5 points harness for improved operating comfort
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Sigma self-contained breathing apparatus from SCOTT Safety combines highest respiratory protection levels to a cost-effective and user-friendly equipment to meet industrial and marine sectors requirements.

  • High performance pneumatic system
  • Ultra-compact demand valve triggered from first breath
  • Lighweight and ergonomic backplate and fireproof harness
  • Possibility to switch to demand constant flow
  • Large range of full face masks: Vision 3, Promask PP and Panaseal
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Self-contained breathing apparatus – SIGMA

Sigma self-contained breathing apparatus from SCOTT Safety combines highest respiratory protection levels to a cost-effective and user-friendly equipment to meet industrial and marine sectors requirements.

Self-contained breathing apparatus SIGMA
  • High performance pneumatic system
  • Ultra-compact demand valve triggered from first breath
  • Lighweight and ergonomic backplate and fireproof harness
  • Possibility to switch to demand constant flow
  • Large range of full face masks: Vision 3, Promask PP and Panaseal
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The VISION panoramic gas mask is compatible with particle, gas and combined filters. It can also be used as a facepiece for powered air respirators and SCBA.

  • Large field of wiew (98%) without visual distorsion
  • Reinforced visor resistant to solvents and scratches
  • Two filter mounting locations: central or right side
  • LSR face seal (liquid silicon rubber)
  • Available in 3 different sizes for optimal comfort
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Vision panoramic gas mask

The VISION panoramic gas mask is compatible with particle, gas and combined filters. It can also be used as a facepiece for powered air respirators and SCBA.

VISION : masque panoramique à large champs de vision (fixation cartouche frontale ou latérale)
  • Large field of wiew (98%) without visual distorsion
  • Reinforced visor resistant to solvents and scratches
  • Two filter mounting locations: central or right side
  • LSR face seal (liquid silicon rubber)
  • Available in 3 different sizes for optimal comfort
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