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Hydrofluoric acid burns from a household rust remover

Hugh C O Martin and Michael J Muller
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (6): 296.
Published online: 18 March 2002

To the Editor: The report by Mangion et al1 draws attention to a serious risk in the environment. The general public has been increasingly protected against the risk of harm from domestic products by a combination of legal liability actions and government regulation. Thus, the continuing availability to the general public of hydrofluoric acid (HF) in concentrations that are hazardous is something of an anachronism.

  • Hugh C O Martin
  • Michael J Muller

  • 1 Children's Hospital at Westmead, Westmead, NSW.
  • 2 Australian and New Zealand Burn Association.
  • 3 South Auckland Burn Service, Auckland.

Correspondence: HughM@chw.edu.au

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