What Is Hydrochloric Acid?
The chemical formula for hydrochloric acid, also called hydrogen chloride, is HCl. Its molecular weight is 36.47 g/mol. It’s a colorless, aqueous solution or gas with a sharp, irritating odor.
Hydrochloric Acid Hazards
Hydrochloric acid (and its fumes) have the potential to corrode human tissue and damage the respiratory system, intestine, skin, mucous membranes, and eyes irrevocably. Long-term exposure at work reportedly causes chronic bronchitis, dermatitis, and gastritis in employees. Animal tests found it had moderate to high acute toxicity from inhalation, according to the EPA. Why put your employees and your operations at risk when there’s an effective, safer alternative?
Why Berryman Modified Acid?
Berryman produces intensely concentrated modified acid formulas that perform comparably to hydrochloric acid, while being far safer for humans and the environment. They have minimal fumes, are noncorrosive to the skin and tissue, and biodegrade more quickly. In addition, you can dilute them on a 1:1 to 1:100 ratio depending on your application, which reduces the burdens of transportation and storage.