We supply methanol for general use in 2.5L and 25L containers, as well as 200L drums, with discounts available for bulk orders
MSDS can be downloaded from website
We also offer further options with all our products, including custom packaging and personalised labelling
Methanol’s Toxicity: What Happens in the Human Body?
Unlike ethanol, even as little as 10ml of pure methanol can be highly toxic if ingested and 30 ml can be fatal. This alcohol is dangerous in two different ways: by its direct action on the central nervous system and after conversion to formic acid. Initially, after ingestion, inhalation or absorption through the skin, methanol has a depressant effect on the nervous system similar to ethanol poisoning, but with more permanent consequences.
A few hours after the initial exposure, methanol is then converted to formic acid in the liver. This mechanism involves a two-step reaction:
Step 1: Conversion of methanol to formaldehyde by alcohol dehydrogenase
Step 2: Conversion of formaldehyde to formic acid by aldehyde dehydrogenase
Formic acid can cause metabolic acidosis as well as disrupt cellular metabolism, leading to a variety of metabolic conditions. Treatment involves administering ethanol or fomepizole, which limit enzyme action, so that methanol can be excreted before being converted to formic acid.
What Are the Symptoms of Methanol Intoxication?
Initial symptoms include (direct impact on the central nervous system):
Lack of coordination
Unconsciousness and death after exposure to large amounts
Secondary symptoms (from conversion to formic acid, developing about 10 to 30 hours after exposure)
Blurred or complete loss of vision
Dilated pupils and retinal oedema
Most orders are usually shipped within 24 hours after purchase to ensure a speedy delivery. If you need any assistance, simply contact a member of staff for further information and free technical advice. In addition to methanol for general use, we also offer for analytical and laboratory uses, with a higher degree of purity.
Maximum Limits of Impurities
Aldehydes & Ketones
Non Volatile Matter
Hazard Statement Code
Fatal if inhaled.
Highly flammable liquid and vapour.
Toxic if swallowed or in contact with skin.
Causes damage to organs .
Precautionary Statement Code
Do not breathe vapour/ spray.
Wear protective gloves/ protective clothing/ eye protection/ face protection.
IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER/ doctor.
IF ON SKIN (or hair): Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/ shower.
Dispose of contents/ container in accordance with local regulations.
Call a POISON CENTER/ doctor if you feel unwell.
Get medical advice/ attention if you feel unwell.
Keep away from heat, hot surfaces, sparks, open flames and other ignition sources. No smoking.
IF INHALED: Remove person to fresh air and keep comfortable for breathing.
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You can buy methanol from our online chemical shop in a range of pack sizes, including:
Methanol for general use is our most popular product, but we also offer laboratory and analytical versions with higher degrees of purity.
Order online today where you can also get nationwide next-day delivery and discounts on bulk orders. We also have extra industry-leading services available on all products, including personalised labelling, customisable packaging and the choice of specific pack sizes. Simply contact us for further information.
What is Methanol?
Also known as methyl alcohol, wood alcohol or methyl hydrate, methanol is the simplest alcohol with the formula CH3OH. Historically, it was obtained from the distillation of wood but nowadays is synthesised directly from hydrogen, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.
This colourless and highly flammable solution has a distinct smell of alcohol, similar to the ethanol present in alcoholic beverages. However, while ethanol can be metabolised and excreted safely by the body, methanol is extremely toxic and unfit for consumption.
Industrially, this compound has found many different applications and can be used in a number of ways, including:
As a component of antifreeze
As a solvent in a range of industries
As a key component in the production ofbiodiesal via transesterification
As a fuel additive or to fuel internal combustion engines
As a denaturant agent for ethanol
There are several concerns with this compound, including its flammability and toxicity if ingested. To avoid the risk, staff handling this chemical must be aware of safety procedures to follow:
Methanol should be stored away from any open flames or sources of ignition. In addition to this, it should be stored in an area with adequate ventilation to prevent any build-up in the air.
It should not be disposed of in the drainage system, but rather according to the appropriate waste regulations.
Storage containers must not be left open as this will result in the evaporation of the harmful contents.
This compound should be used in a well-ventilated area with a fume extraction system to remove any vapours from the working area.
Staff must be trained to deal with spillages or evacuation if necessary.
For more information, we advise that you download the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) from our website.
High-Quality Methanol For Sale Online
Our online chemical store stocks methanol products that are quality-approved so that you can relax and buy with confidence.