Storage and Handling

Boron trifluoride should be handled in the laboratory using the ''basic prudent practices" described in Chapter 5.C, supplemented in the case of work with gaseous boron trifluoride with the procedures of Chapter 5.H. All work with boron trifluoride should be conducted in a fume hood to prevent exposure by inhalation, and splash goggles and impermeable gloves should be worn to prevent eye and skin contact. Cylinders of boron trifluoride should be stored in locations appropriate for compressed gas storage and separated from alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, and other incompatible substances. Solutions of boron trifluoride should be stored in tightly sealed containers under an inert atmosphere in secondary containers.


In the event of skin contact, immediately wash with soap and water and remove contaminated clothing. In case of eye contact, promptly wash with copious amounts of water for 15 min (lifting upper and lower lids occasionally) and obtain medical attention. If boron trifluoride is inhaled, move the person to fresh air and seek medical attention at once. If this compound is ingested, obtain medical attention immediately.

In the event of accidental release of boron trifluoride gas, evacuate the area, and if the cause of the release is a leaking cylinder, remove the cylinder to a fume hood or open area if it is possible to do so safely. Positive pressure air-supplied respiratory protection and protective clothing may be necessary to deal with a leaking cylinder of boron trifluoride, and emergency response personnel should be notified.


Cylinders containing excess boron trifluoride should be returned to the manufacturer. Solutions of boron trifluoride should be labeled and disposed of according to your institution's disposal guidelines. For more information on disposal procedures, see Chapter 7 of this volume.

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