Frequently Asked Questions

What is Calcium Gluconate Gel?

Calcium Gluconate Gel is a cream that is to be kept close by for safety whenever one is working with Hydrofluoric acid (HF).

How does Calcium Gluconate Gel work?

HF is acid that quickly penetrates the skin and proceeds to take calcium from tissues including bone. Calcium Gluconate gel works by stopping HF from taking calcium from tissues by providing alternative calcium so that HF takes calcium from the gluconate rather than the bones.

Who should stock Calcium Gluconate Gel?

Every person that is likely to come in contact with Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) should have their own supply of Calcium Gluconate Gel available at all times.

What should I do if HF is exposed to my skin?

By following the procedures below the effectiveness of Calcium Gluconate Gel can be maximized. Each facility should modify the safety procedures for their use case of Hydrofluoric Acid, and ensure that the policy is well-known.

  • Immediately rinse the exposed area with water.
  • Liberally apply Calcium Gluconate Gel to the area.
  • One should seek medical attention without delay, even if the area of contact was small.
  • Protect against secondary HF exposure by destroying or sanitizing exposed materials like equipment, clothing, or the gel tube itself.

Is a prescription required to purchase Calcium Gluconate Gel?

No prescription is needed. The gel itself is a harmless material. It is the hydrofluoric acid (HF) itself that is dangerous.

Is Calcium Gluconate Gel FDA approved?

No approval is needed from the Food and Drug Administration.