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Product Safety

Product Safety

**The information on this page is subject to change at any time. Please read this page in its entirety to understand HFS' and your responsibilities in purchasing and using HFS products.**

All Products

The following terms apply to all products purchased from HFS. Certain products may have specific terms listed in detail further down on this page.

1. Mental Awareness - DO NOT OPERATE THIS EQUIPMENT UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL, DRUGS, MEDICATION, OTHER MIND ALTERING SUBSTANCES, OR ANY CONDITION THAT PREVENTS YOU FROM OPERATING MACHINERY --- Failure to do so may result in injury and/or death. HFS is not responsible for user negligence.

2. Legality of Use - It is your sole responsibility to understand the legality of your use for our products. Laws vary by country, state, county, and city. Be sure that your intended uses are legal and could not result in legal ramifications. It is your sole responsibility to know, understand, and abide by the laws in the place you reside. By purchasing an HFS product you agree that HFS will not be held responsible for any criminal or civil claims filed against you. HFS will not offer monetary or any other type of reimbursement should such instances arise.

Vacuum Pumps

1. Equipment Inspection - Before using your vacuum pump, be sure to check the entire product for damage including cracks, dents, or any other kind of visible blemishes that may render the item unsafe. Do not use the pump if any such damage is visible. Always be sure to check the pump's oil level, and add or replace oil regularly. Be sure that all connections are air-tight with no leaks.

2. Proper Use - Vacuum pumps will exhaust fumes, smoke, and spew oil; this is normal and part of how the pump operates. Always use vacuum pumps in well ventilated areas, or use proper exhaust filters and tubing to redirect exhaust outdoors. Vacuum pumps are not meant to run continuously and doing so will void your warranty on the pump. If you need to run the pump continuously, be sure to have a cold-trap filter inline between the pump and oven/chamber.

3. Pay Attention - Never leave a vacuum pump running unattended. Keep equipment away from children and pets. Be sure your chamber/oven is able to accept the amount of vacuum applied by your pump. Vacuum implosions can be fatal.

Vacuum Ovens

1. Equipment Inspection - Before using your vacuum oven, be sure to check the entire product for damage including cracks, dents, or any other kind of visible blemishes that may render the item unsafe. Do not use the oven if any such damage is visible. Always be sure to check the oven's fittings for leaks, and seal threaded connections with TPU tape. 

2. First Use - When using your oven for the first time, set the temperature to 300F and let the oven run for at least 1 hour. This will burn off any oil from the manufacturing process and will calibrate the thermometer for better accuracy. 

3. Proper Use - HFS vacuum ovens are NOT explosion proof. Be sure to use in a well ventilated area, using proper filters and cold-trap systems to eliminate airborn solvents and flammables. Vacuum ovens require at least 6" of space on all sides for proper heat ventilation. It is normal for vacuum ovens to rise above the set temperature, then lower to it accordingly. If your samples are extremely heat sensitive please be aware of this.

4. Pay Attention - Never leave a vacuum oven unattended. Keep equipment away from children and pets. Be sure your chamber/oven is able to accept the amount of vacuum applied by your pump. Vacuum implosions can be fatal.

Extractors

WARNING: Extractors can be extremely dangerous, use every precaution possible when operating extractors. Always follow these rules:

 Always use in well-ventilated areas.
 Always check for leaks prior to use.
Always wear eye and face protection, gloves, protective clothing, and respiratory mask.
Always be sure extractor is grounded prior to use.
 Never exceed the rated PSI or Hg for your system.
 Never use near an open flame or non explosion-proof electrical.
Never use in direct sunlight.

1. Equipment Inspection - Before using your extractor, be sure to check the entire product for damage including cracks, dents, or any other kind of visible blemishes that may render the item unsafe. Do not use the extractor if any such damage is visible. Always be sure to check the fittings for leaks, and seal threaded connections with TPU tape. 

2. First Use - When using your extractor for the first time, pressurize the system with an air compressor to 50PSI. Allow the extractor to sit for a few hours and check the pressure has not dropped. If the pressure did drop, you have a leak that needs to be resolved before use.

3. Proper Use - HFS extractors are NOT explosion proof. Be sure to use in a well ventilated area. Always stay within the acceptable PSI and Hg readings of your system. Be sure to ground the extractor prior to sue to avoid static electricity from igniting vapors. Do not use in extremely high temperatures, or in direct sunlight where gases can expand and cause pressure spikes. 

4. Pay Attention - Never leave an extractor unattended. Keep equipment away from children and pets. Be sure your extractor is able to accept the amount of vacuum or pressure applied by your pump/gases. Extractor explosions can destroy homes or warehouses and surrounding properties, they can be fatal to nearby life. Using the outline safety measures will greatly reduce the risk of injury or death. HFS is not responsible for user negligence.

 


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