In chemistry applications, although the polymer is often suitable for the majority of glassware work, it can succumb to catastrophic failure. An example of this would be using the polymer clips on hot areas of the glassware (such as a flask to column, column to head or head to condenser joint during distillation). As the polymer is sensitive to both chlorine and acid hydrolysis, it may perform very poorly when exposed to the reactive gases, particularly hydrogen chloride. Failures in this latter instance can occur with seemingly unimportant exposures from well sealed joints, and do so without warning and rapidly (the component will split or fall apart). This can be a significant health hazard as the glass may open or smash. Here, PTFE or a high grade stainless steel may be a more appropriate choice.
Salon owners and stylists are advised to look closely at the hair smoothing products they use (read product labels and SDS sheets) to see if they contain methylene glycol, formalin, methylene oxide, paraform, formic aldehyde, methanal, oxomethane, oxymethylene, or CAS Number 50-00-0. According to OSHA's Formaldehyde standard, a product containing any of these names should be treated as a product containing formaldehyde. OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard ( Right to Know ) states that salon owners and additional employers' must have a SDS for products containing hazardous chemicals. If salon owners or additional employers decide to use products that contain or release formaldehyde they're required to follow the guidelines in OSHA’s Formaldehyde standard.