Methanol (General Use)
- Product Information
- Hazard Information
- Shipping Statements
Looking for Methanol for General Use?
- 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
- Respiratory failure
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.
|475||3||1209S||Maximum Limits of Impurities||0||0||0||16/11/2018||Barbara||30/06/2004||0||15/11/2018|
|477||5||1209S||Non Volatile Matter||0||0||0||<0.005||%||16/11/2018||Steve Toye||04/08/2017||0||15/11/2018|
|BulkCode||Hazard Statement Code||Description|
|1209||H330||Fatal if inhaled.|
|1209||H225||Highly flammable liquid and vapour.|
|1209||H301+H311||Toxic if swallowed or in contact with skin.|
|1209||H370||Causes damage to organs .|
|BulkCode||Precautionary Statement Code||Description|
|1209||P260||Do not breathe vapour/ spray.|
|1209||P280||Wear protective gloves/ protective clothing/ eye protection/ face protection.|
|1209||P301+P310||IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER/ doctor.|
|1209||P303+P361+P353||IF ON SKIN (or hair): Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/ shower.|
|1209||P501||Dispose of contents/ container in accordance with local regulations.|
|1209||P312||Call a POISON CENTER/ doctor if you feel unwell.|
|1209||P314||Get medical advice/ attention if you feel unwell.|
|1209||P210||Keep away from heat, hot surfaces, sparks, open flames and other ignition sources. No smoking.|
|1209||P304+P340||IF INHALED: Remove person to fresh air and keep comfortable for breathing.|
|1209||P403+P235||Store in a well-ventilated place. Keep cool.|
|ADR/RID Shipping Name||METHANOL|
|ADR/RID Shipping Class||3|
|ADR/RID Packing Group||II|
The following files are available to download:
|Product ID||Product||post_status||Bulk||Download SDS File|
|3539||Methanol (General Use)||publish||1209||https://www.chemicals.co.uk/uploads/documents/44 - 1209 - SDS21039.pdf|