Material safety data sheet

Section 1 - Chemical Product and Company Identification
MSDS Name: Methyl Alcohol, Reagent ACS, 99.8% (GC)
Synonyms: Carbinol; Methanol; Methyl hydroxide; Mono hydroxy methane; Pyroxylic spirit; Wood
alcohol; Wood naphtha; Wood spirit; Methyl hydrate.
Company identification:
Section 2 - Composition, Information on Ingredients Component % (w/w)
Exposure Limits
99-100 ACGIH TLV-TWA: 200 PPM, skin 5628 mg/kg STEL: 250 PPM, skin notation OSHA (oral/rat) TLV Basis, critical effects: neuropathy, 20 ml/kg  Check with local regulatory agency for the exposure limits in your area. Hazard Symbols: T F
Risk Phrases: 11 23/24/25 39/23/24/25


Health Rating:
Flammability Rating:
Reactivity Rating:
Contact Rating:
Lab Proactive Equip:
Danger! Flammable liquid and vapor harmful if inhaled, May be fatal or cause blindness if
swallowed. May cause central nervous system depression, May cause digestive tract irritation
with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Causes respiratory tract irritation, May cause liver,
kidney and heart damage
Target Organs: Kidneys, heart, central nervous system, liver, eyes

Potential Health Effects

: Produces irritation, characterized by a burning sensation, redness, tearing, inflammation, and
possible corneal injury. May cause painful sensitization to light

: Causes moderate skin irritation. May be absorbed through the skin in harmful amounts,
Prolonged and/or repeated contact may cause defatting of the skin and dermatitis.

: May be fatal or cause blindness if swallowed. May cause gastrointestinal irritation with
nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, May cause systemic toxicity with acidosis. May cause central
nervous system depression, characterized by excitement, followed by headache, dizziness,
drowsiness, and nausea Advanced stages may cause collapse, unconsciousness, coma and
possible death due to respiratory failure. May cause cardiopulmonary system effects

: Harmful if inhaled. May cause adverse central nervous system effects including
headache, convulsions, and possible death, May cause visual impairment and possible permanent
blindness. Causes irritation of the mucous membrane
Toxic effects exerted upon nervous system, particularly the optic nerve. Once absorbed into the
body, it is very slowly eliminated. Symptoms of overexposure may include headache, drowsiness,
nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, blindness, coma, and death. A person may get better but then
worse again up to 30 hours later.

: Prolonged or repeated skin contact may cause dermatitis. Chronic inhalation and ingestion
may cause effects similar to those of acute inhalation and ingestion. Chronic exposure may cause
reproductive disorders and teratogenic effects. Laboratory experiments have resulted in mutagenic
effects. Prolonged exposure may cause liver, kidney, and heart damage.

Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes, occasionally lifting the
upper and lower eyelids. Get medical aid immediately.

Immediately flush skin with plenty of soap and water for at least 15 minutes while removing
contaminated clothing and shoes. Get medical aid if irritation develops or persists. Wash clothing
before reuse.

If victim is conscious and alert, give 2-4 cupfuls of milk or water. Never give anything
by mouth to an unconscious person. Get medical aid immediately. Induce vomiting by giving one
teaspoon of Syrup of Ipecac.

Get medical aid immediately. Remove from exposure to fresh air immediately. If
breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Do NOT use mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. If breathing has
ceased apply artificial respiration using oxygen and a suitable mechanical device such as a bag and a

Notes to Physician:
Effects may be delayed. Ethanol may inhibit methanol metabolism, acute
exposure to methanol, either through ingestion or breathing high airborne concentrations can result
in symptoms appearing between 40 minutes and 72 hours after exposure. Symptoms and signs are
usually limited to CNS, eyes and gastrointestinal tract. Because of the initial CNS's effects of
headache, vertigo, lethargy and confusion, there may be an impression of ethanol intoxication.
Blurred vision, decreased acuity and photophobia are common complaints. Treatment with ipecac
or lavage is indicated in any patient presenting within two hours of ingestion. A profound metabolic
acidosis occurs in severe poisoning and serum bicarbonate levels are a more accurate measure of
severity than serum methanol levels. Treatment protocols are available from most major hospitals
and early collaboration with appropriate hospitals is recommended.


Auto ignition temperature:
Flammable limits in air % by volume:
Above flash point, vapor-air mixtures are explosive within flammable limits noted above. Moderate
explosion hazard and dangerous fire hazard when exposed to heat, sparks or flames. Sensitive to
static discharge
Hazardous Combustion Products: Toxic gases and vapors; oxides of carbon and formaldehyde.
General Information: Containers can build up pressure if exposed to heat and/or fire. As in any
fire, wear a self-contained breathing apparatus in pressure-demand, MSHA/NIOSH (approved or
equivalent), and full protective gear. Water runoff can cause environmental damage. Dike and collect
water used to fight fire. Vapors can travel to a source of ignition and flash back. During a fire,
irritating and highly toxic gases may be generated by thermal decomposition or combustion.
Flammable Liquid, Can release vapors that form explosive mixtures at temperatures above the
flashpoint, Use water spray to keep fire-exposed containers cool. Water may be ineffective. Material
is lighter than water and a fire may be spread by the use of water. Vapors may be heavier than air.
They can spread along the ground and collect in low or confined areas. May be ignited by heat,
sparks, and flame
Extinguishing Media: For small fires use dry chemical, carbon dioxide, water spray or alcohol-
resistant foam. Use water spray to cool fire-exposed containers. Water may be ineffective. For
large fires, use water spray, fog or alcohol-resistant foam. Do NOT use straight streams of water.

: Flammable liquid which can burn without a visible flame. Release can cause an
immediate risk of fire and explosion. Eliminate all ignition sources, stop leak and use absorbent
materials. If necessary, contain spill by diking. Fluorocarbon alcohol resistant foams may be applied
to spill to diminish vapour and fire hazard. Maximize methanol recovery for recycling or re-use.
Restrict access to area until completion of cleanup. Ensure cleanup is conducted by trained
personnel only. Wear adequate personal protection and remove all sources of ignition. Notify all
governmental agencies as required by law.

Personal Protection
: Full face, positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus or airline, and
protective clothing must be worn. Protective fire fighting structural clothing is not effective protection
from methanol

Environmental Precautions
: Biodegrades easily in water Methanol in fresh or salt water may have
serious effects on aquatic life. A study on methanol's toxic effects on sewage sludge bacteria
reported little effect on digestion at 0.1% while 0.5% methanol retarded digestion. Methanol will be
broken down to carbon dioxide and water.

Remedial Measures
: Flammable liquid. 'Release can cause an immediate fire/explosion hazard.
Eliminate all sources of ignition, stop leak and use absorbent materials. Collect liquid with explosion
proof pumps. Do not walk through spill product as it may be on fire and not visible.

General Information:
Use proper personal protective equipment as indicated in Section 8.
Spills/Leaks: Scoop up with a non sparking tool, then place into a suitable container for disposal.
Use water spray to disperse the gas/vapor. Remove all sources of ignition. Absorb spill using an
absorbent, non-combustible material such as earth, sand, or vermiculite. Do not use combustible
materials such as saw dust. Provide ventilation. A vapor suppressing foam may be used to reduce
vapors. Water spray may reduce vapor but may not prevent ignition in closed spaces.
Handling and Storage: Handling Procedures: No smoking or open flame in storage, use or
handling areas. Use explosion proof electrical equipment. Ensure proper electrical grounding
procedures are in place.
Store in totally enclosed equipment, designed to avoid ignition and human contact.
Tanks must be grounded, vented, and should have vapour emission controls- Tanks must be
diked. Avoid storage with incompatible materials. Anhydrous methanol is non-corrosive to most
metals at ambient temperatures except for lead, nickel, monel, cast iron and high silicon iron.
Coatings of copper (or copper alloys), zinc (including galvanized steel), or aluminum are
unsuitable for storage. These materials may be attacked slowly by the methanol. Storage tanks of
welded construction are normally satisfactory. They should be designed and built in conformance
with good engineering practice for the material being stored. While plastics can be used for short
term storage, they are generally not recommended for long-term storage due to deterioration
effects and the subsequent risk of contamination.
Corrosion rates for several construction materials:
<0.508 mm/year
Neoprene, phenolic resins, polyesters, natural rubber, butyl rubber Handling: Wash thoroughly after handling. Remove contaminated clothing and wash before reuse.
Ground and bond containers when transferring material, Do not breathe dust, vapor, mist, or gas,
Do not get in eyes, on skin, or on clothing. Empty containers retain product residue, (liquid and/or
vapor), and can be dangerous. Keep container tightly closed. Avoid contact with heat, sparks and
flame. Do not ingest or inhale. Use only in a chemical fume hood. Do not pressurize, cut, weld,
braze, solder, drill, grind, or expose empty containers to heat, sparks or open flames.
Storage: Keep away from heat, sparks, and flame. Keep away from sources of ignition. Store in a
cool, dry, we’ll-ventilated area away from incompatible substances. Flammables - area. Keep
containers tightly closed. Do not store in aluminum or lead containers.
Section 8 - Exposure Controls, Personal Protection
Engineering Controls: Use explosion-proof ventilation equipment. Facilities storing or utilizing this
material should be equipped with an eyewash facility and a safety shower. Use adequate general
or local exhaust ventilation to keep airborne concentrations below the permissible exposure limits.
Exposure Limits:

Chemical Name
OSHA - Final PELs
STEL; skin - potential for mg/m3 TWA 6000 OSHA Vacated PELs: Methyl alcohol: 200 PPM TWA; 260 mg/m3 TWA; 250 PPM STEL;
325 mg/m3 STEL

Personal Protective Equipment

Wear chemical goggles.
Skin protection: Butyl and nitrite rubbers are recommended for gloves. Check with manufacturer.
Wear chemical resistant pants and jackets, preferably of butyl or nitrile rubber. Check with

Wear appropriate protective clothing to prevent skin exposure.

A respiratory protection program that meets OSHA's 29 CFR §1910.134 and ANSI
Z88.2 requirements or European Standard EN 149 must be followed whenever workplace conditions
warrant a respirator's use. NIOSH approved supplied air respirator when airborne concentration
exceed exposit limits.

Use good personal hygiene practices.
Wash hands before eating, drinking, smoking, or using
toilet facilities. Promptly remove soiled clothing/wash thoroughly before reuse. Shower after work
using plenty of soap and water.
Section 9 - Physical and Chemical Properties
Solubility in other Liquids
: Soluble in all proportions in other alcohols, esters, ketones, ethers and
most other organic solvents
Physical State:
Vapor Pressure:
Vapor Density:
Evaporation Rate:
Boiling Point:
64.7 deg C @ 760.00mm Hg (AP 147F @ 760 mm Hg) Freezing/Melting Point:
Auto ignition Temperature:
Decomposition Temperature:
NFPA Rating: (estimated)
Health: 1; Flammability: 3; Reactivity: 0 Explosion Limits,
Specific Gravity/Density:
Molecular Formula:
Molecular Weight:

Chemical Stability:
Stable under normal temperatures and pressures.

Conditions to Avoid:
High temperatures, incompatible materials, ignition sources, oxidizers.

Incompatibilities with Other Materials:
Acids (mineral, non-oxidizing, e.g. hydrochloric acid,
hydrofluoric acid, muriatic acid, phosphoric acid), acids (mineral, oxidizing, e.g. chromic acid,
hypochlorous acid, nitric acid, sulfuric acid), acids (organic, e.g. acetic acid, benzoic acid, formic
acid, methanoic acid, oxalic acid), azo, diazo, and hydrazines (e.g. dimethyl hydrazine, hydrazine,
methyl hydrazine), isocyanates (e.g. methyl isocyanate), nitrides (e.g. potassium nitride, sodium
nitride), peroxides and hydroperoxides (organic, e.g. acetyl peroxide, benzoyl peroxide, butyl
peroxide, methyl ethyl ketone peroxide), epoxides (e.g. butyl glycidyl ether), Oxidants (such as
barium perchlorate, bromine, chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, lead perchlorate, perchloric acid, sodium
hypochlorite). Active metals (such as potassium and magnesium}., acetyl bromide, alkyl aluminum
salts, beryllium dihydride, carbontetrachloride, carbon tetrachlorlde + metals, chloroform + heat,
chloroform + sodium hydroxide, cyanuric chloride, diethyl zinc, nitric acid, potassium-tert-butoxide,
chloroform -f hydroxide, water reactive substances (e.g. acetic anyhdride, alkyl aluminum chloride,
calcium carbide, ethyl dichlorosilane).

Hazardous Decomposition Products:
Carbon monoxide, irritating and toxic fumes and gases,
carbon dioxide, formaldehyde.

Hazardous Polymerization:
Will not occur.
CAS# 67-56-1: PC1400000
CAS# 67-56-1:
Draize test, rabbit, eye:
CAS# 67-56-1: Not listed by ACGIH, IARC, NIOSH, NTP, or OSHA.

Methanol has been shown to produce fetotoxicity in the embryo or fetus of
laboratory animals. Specific developmental abnormalities include cardiovascular, musculoskeletal,
and urogenital systems.

Effects on Newborn: Behavioral, Oral, rat: TDLo=7500 mg/kg (female 17-19 days
after conception). Effects on Embryo or Fetus: Fetotoxicity, Inhalation, rat: TCLo=10000pp
(female 7-15 days after conception). Specific Developmental Abnormalities: Cardiovascular, Musculoskeletal, Urogenital, Inhalation, rat: TCLo=20000 ppm/7H (7-14 days after conception).
Reproductive Effects:
Paternal Effects: Spermatogenesis: Intra peritonea I, mouse TDLo=5 g/kg
(male 5 days pre-mating). Fertility: Oral, rat: TDLo = 35295 mg/kg (female 1-15 days after
conception). Paternal Effects: Testes, Epididymis, Sperm duct: Oral, rat: TDLo = 200 ppm/20H
(Male 78 weeks pre-mating).

No information available.

DNA inhibition: Human Lymphocyte = 300 mmol/L. DNA damage: Oral, rat
= 10 umot/kg. Mutation in microorganisms: Mouse Lymphocyte = 7900 mg/L. Cytogenetlc analysis: Oral,
mouse = 1 gm/kg.

Environmental Fate:
When released into the soil, this material is expected to readily biodegrade. When released into
the soil, this material is expected to leach into groundwater. When released into the soil, this
material is expected to quickly evaporate. When released into the water, this material is expected
to have a half-life between 1 and 10 days. When released into water, this material is expected to
readily biodegrade. When released into the air, this material is expected to exist in the aerosol
phase with a short half-life. When released into the air, this material is expected to be readily
degraded by reaction with photo chemically produced hydroxyl radicals. When released into air,
this material expected to have a half-life between 10 and 30 days. When released into the air, this
material is expected to be readily removed from the atmosphere by wet deposition.

Environmental Toxicity:
This material is expected to be slightly toxic to aquatic life.
Chemical waste generators must determine whether a discarded chemical is classified as a
hazardous waste. US ERA guidelines for the classification determination are listed in 40 CFR
Parts 261.3. Additionally, waste generators must consult state and local hazardous waste
regulations to ensure complete and accurate classification.
RCRA P-Series: None listed.
U-Series: CAS# 67-56-1: waste number U154; (Ignitable waste).
Whatever cannot be saved for recovery or recycling should be handled as hazardous waste and
sent to a RCRA approved incinerator or disposed in a RCRA approved waste facility. Processing,
use or contamination of this product may change the waste management options State and local
disposal regulations may differ from federal disposal regulations. Dispose of container and unused
contents in accordance with federal, state and local requirements
Canada TDG
CAS# 67-56-1 is listed on the TSCA inventory.
Health & Safety Reporting List
None of the chemicals are on the Health & Safety Reporting List.
Chemical Test Rules
None of the chemicals in this product are under a Chemical Test Rule.
Section 12b
None of the chemicals are listed under TSCA Section 12b.
TSCA Significant New Use Rule
None of the chemicals in this material have a SNUR under TSCA.


Section 302 (RQ)
CAS# 67-56-1: final RQ = 5000 pounds
(2270 kg) Section 302 (TPQ)
None of the chemicals in this product have a TPQ.
SARA Codes
CAS # 67-56-1: acute, flammable.
Section 313
This material contains Methyl alcohol (CAS# 67-56-1, 99%), which is subject to the reporting requirements of Section 313 of SARA Title III and 40 CFR Part 373. Clean Air Act:
CAS# 67-56-1 is listed as a hazardous air pollutant (HAP). This material does not contain any Class 1 Ozone depletors. This material does not contain any Class 2 Ozone depletors. Clean Water Act:
None of the chemicals in this product are listed as Hazardous Substances under the CWA. None of the chemicals in this product are listed as Priority Pollutants under the CWA. None of the chemicals in this product are listed as Toxic Pollutants under the CWA. None of the chemicals in this product are considered highly hazardous by OSHA. CAS# 67-56-1 can be found on the following state right to know lists: California, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and California No Significant Risk Level: None of the chemicals in this product are listed.
European/International Regulations

European Labeling In Accordance with EC Directives
Hazard Symbols:
Risk Phrases:
R 11 Highly flammable.
R 23/24/25 Toxic by inhalation, in contact with skin and if swallowed
R 39/23/24/25 Toxic: danger of very serious irreversible effects through inhalation, in contact with
skin and if swallowed.
Safety Phrases:
S 16 Keep away from sources of ignition - No smoking.
S 36/37 Wear suitable protective clothing and gloves
S 45 In case of accident or if you feel unwell, seek medical advice immediately (show the label where possible) S 7 Keep container tightly closed. WGK (Water Danger/Protection)
CAS# 67-56-1: I
CAS# 67-56-1 is listed on Canada's DSL List; CAS# 67-56-1 is listed on Canada's DSL List. This
product has a WHMIS classification of 82, D1A, D2B. CAS# 67-56-i is listed on Canada's Ingredient
Disclosure List.

Exposure Limits

CAS# 67-56-1: OEL-ARAB Republic of Egypt: TWA 200 ppm (260 mg/m3);
TWA200 ppm (260 mg/m3); STEL 1000 ppm (1300 mg/m3) OEL-GERMANY: TWA 200 ppm (2 60 mg/m3); Skin OEL-HUNGARY: TWA 50 mg/m3; STEL 100 mg/m3; Skin: OEL -JAPAN: TWA 200 ppm (260 mg/m3); Skin OEL-THE NETHERLANDS: TWA 200 ppm (260 mg/m3); Skin OEL-THE PHILIPPINES: TWA 200 ppm (260 mg/m3) OEL-POLAND:TWA 100 mg/m3 OEL-RUSSIA:TWA 200 ppm; STEL 5 mg/m3; Skin OEL-SWEDEN: TWA 200 ppm (250 mg/m3); STEL 250 ppm (350 mg/m3); Skin OEL-SWITZERLAND: TWA 200 ppm (260 mg/m3); STEL 400 ppm; Skin OEL-THAILAND: TWA 200 ppm (260 mg/m3) OEL-TURKEY: TWA 200 ppm (260 mg/m3) DEL-UNITED KINGDOM: TWA 200 ppm (260 mg/m3); STEL 250 ppm; WHMIS: This MSDS has been prepared according to the hazards of the controlled Products Regulations (CPR) and the MSDS contains all of the information required by the CPR.S
NFPA Ratings:
Health: 1 Flammability: 3 Reactivity: 0
Label Hazard Warning:
Label Precautions:
Avoid breathing vapor.
Avoid contact with eyes, skin and clothing.
Wash thoroughly after handling
Keep container closed.
Use only with adequate ventilation.
Keep away from heat, sparks and flame

Label First Aid:
If inhaled, remove to fresh air. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give
oxygen. If swallowed, induce vomiting immediately as directed by medical personnel. Never give
anything by mouth to an unconscious person. In case of contact, immediately /lush eyes or skin
with plenty of water is minutes while removing contaminated clothing and shoes. Wash clothing
before reuse. In all cases get medical attention immediately.

MSDC Creation Date: 14/09/2009

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