Methanol│ CH3OH

Methyl Alcohol | Methyl Alcohol | Wood Alcohol

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20 MT / 1 × 20 ft FCL


220Lit HDPE drums




Methanol is a clear, colorless liquid with a characteristic odour. It is highly flammable. Methanol is used to dissolve other chemical substances and mixes readily with water and many organic liquids. Methanol is considered a volatile organic compound by the National Pollutant Inventory.

Methanol is present in fuels as a petrol additive. It is used as an industrial solvent, as a solvent in a number of insecticide and fungicide formulations and is used as a reagent for chemicals such as formaldehyde, acetic acid, chloromethanes, cholesterol, antibiotics, vitamins, hormones and other pharmaceuticals. Methanol is used in antifreeze or in paint strippers, aerosol and non-aerosol spray paints, in some glass cleaners and as a fuel for picnic stoves and soldering torches. Methanol can be used as an extractant for animal and vegetable oils.


Methanol—naturally ubiquitous

Methanol is a type of alcohol made primarily from natural gas. It’s a base material in acetic acid and formaldehyde, and in recent years it is also increasingly being used in ethylene and propylene. Mixing methanol with substances like these enables it to be used as an intermediate material to make literally thousands of methanol and methanol derivative products used in practically every aspect of our lives. Methanol and its derivative products such as ascetic acid and formaldehyde created via chemical reactions are used as base materials in acrylic plastic; synthetic fabrics and fibers used to make clothing; adhesives, paint, and plywood used in construction; and as a chemical agent in pharmaceuticals and agrichemicals. Its endless myriad applications have made methanol ubiquitous in our lives and throughout society.




The main benefit of methanol is that it is used in the creation of a large number of other chemicals. Here is a list of items in which methanol is used:

  • Drilling Fluids
  • Petrochemical
  • Plastic
  • Paint
  • Laboratory solvent
  • Biofuel
  • Gasoline
  • Energy carrier
  • Denaturing alcohol

Safety tips

Methanol is highly flammable and toxic. Direct ingestion of more than 10mL can cause permanent blindness by destruction of the optic nerve, poisoning of the central nervous system, coma and possibly death. These hazards are also true if methanol vapors are inhaled.

When handling methanol, including biofuels, it is best to avoid direct exposure as much as possible. As such, it is imperative that safety gear be worn, especially those that cover the face, eyes and skin. If working where methanol vapors are present, proper ventilation is imperative for safety.

Should methanol come into direct contact with the skin, remove any contaminated clothing and wash the affected area with soap and water for 15 minutes. If methanol comes into contact with the eyes, flush immediately with tepid water for 15 minutes and then seek qualified medical help. Lastly, if ingested, seek immediate medical attention and do not induce vomiting.

If a methanol spill occurs, stop or reduce the discharge of the methanol (if it can be done without risk) and immediately call your local fire department. Try to isolate the spill/leak area in at least 330 to 660 feet in all directions. Remove and eliminate all sources of potential ignition and stay upwind. Do not touch or walk through any spillage and prevent the spilled methanol from entering into waterways, sewers, basements or confined areas.

When storing methanol, it should always be kept within a closed system or environmentally-approved container; never leave methanol open to the air. Label containers in accordance with local regulations and site requirements. Comprehensive product handling procedures and systems need to be in place at all storage and transfer points. Methanol is mostly non-corrosive when stored with metals at ambient temperatures, but are corrosive with lead, magnesium or platinum.

For more information, please refer to Sodium Hypochlorite Material Safety Datasheet.

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