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Safe Handling Information
Since their discovery, millions of pounds of Teflon™ fluoropolymer coatings have been processed at temperatures in excess of 350°C (662°F), and subsequently placed in end-use applications, many of which have been at or above the rated use temperatures. During this period, spanning more than 50 years, there have been no reported cases of serious injury, prolonged illness, or death resulting from the handling of the resins. This record includes the experience of personnel, hundreds of processors, and thousands of end-users who handle these resins every day.
A handbook entitled "Guide for Safe Handling of Fluoropolymer Resins" is available from the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI). DuPont contributed information to the SPI handbook and we recommend its use for safe handling information. Teflon™ coatings are based on Teflon™ fluoropolymer resins.
Resources we recommend consulting for Safe Handling Information:
Guide for Safe Handling of Fluoropolymer Resins
DuPont's Safe Handling Guide
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Included in the Guide for Safe Handling of Fluoropolymer Resins:
- Fluoropolymer types and properties
- Potential health effects
- Processing hazards and precautions
- Industrial occupational hygiene
- Fire and explosion hazards
- Food contact and medical device applications
- Emergency telephone numbers
- Potentially applicable regulatory information
- Thermal properties
- Trade name cross references
- Inhalation toxicity of fire effluent and combustion by-products
- FMG "Guide to Safe Handling of Fluoropolymer Dispersions"
- APME posters: Guide to Safe Handling of Dispersion Resins
- "Guide to the Proper Disposition of PTFE Packaging"
Included in Dupont's Safe Handling Guide:
- Safe handling procedures
- Recommended personal protective equipment
- Removal of Teflon™ films
- Polymer fume fever
- Fire hazard