|Frequently Asked Questions about Methanol|
Methanex encourages the safe and proper use of methanol by all people who handle or use this product. These are some of the frequently asked question about important aspects of methanol handling and usage.
In case of methanol poisoning/ingestion, should
vomiting be induced if medical attention cannot be obtained
What materials are compatible with methanol?
Plastics are generally not recommended for storage purposes due to long-term deterioration of the material and the subsequent risk of methanol contamination.
Many resins, nylons and rubbers, particularly nitrile (Buna-N), ethylene-propylene, teflon and neoprene are used satisfactorily as components of equipment in methanol service.
What is the shelf life/stability of methanol?
For example, methanol is very hygroscopic, i.e., it readily absorbs moisture. So if the product is open to the atmosphere, it will absorb moisture directly from the air.
Also, methanol is an excellent solvent, so it is very important that it be stored in a container of an appropriate material. For example, methanol will dissolve plasticizers in some plastics.
Properly sealed and protected methanol should maintain its integrity for a very long time.
Does Methanex methanol have a specification or code
Is methanol considered hazardous by Canadian WHMIS
(Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) regulations?
What is the weight per gallon/density of methanol?
If you have a technical question about methanol please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This page was last updated on September 13, 2011.
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