by , on July 18, 2016


Kaneka Dermal Health Risk Assessment (aka acid burn study) is now available free of charge at the Burns Journal website.

You can read the full text here and also download a PDF copy of the study.

The purpose of this study was to address the issue as to whether acidic gaseous combustion products represent a potential dermal hazard to individuals exposed to a flash fire event. Three commercial FR textiles were tested. The tests were performed in accordance with ASTM F1930 and ISO 13506: Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Flame Resistant Clothing for Protection against Fire Simulations Using an Instrumented Manikin.

The results showed that the acid gases emitted into perspiration and blood plasma showed an increase in acidity, but it was not enough to cause more skin irritation or cause more skin cells to die in open third degree burns.

More information will be forthcoming.

Hugh Hoagland
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Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

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