Module 101 Properties of Uranium
Uranium hexafluoride (UF6) reacts in moist air to
produce hydrogen fluoride (HF) gas, which is
corrosive and can damage the lungs if breathed.
Inhalation of HF has resulted in fatalities following
The chemical form of uranium is dependent on its
intended use and its stage of production. For
example, UF6 is used during the enrichment
process, and UO2 is used as nuclear fuel. When
handling uranium compounds, the possibility of
chemical reactions must not be overlooked.