Health and Safety

As the global trade association for the methanol industry, product stewardship is Job #1 for the Methanol Institute. Whether working with a wastewater treatment plant operator in the United States, a biodiesel plant manager in Germany, a tanker truck driver at a chemical distribution warehouse in Algeria, or a shipping terminal manager in China, the organization is committed to promoting the safe handling of methanol in order to protect your health and that of your co-workers, your workplace, the environment, and your community.

Methanol, also known as methyl or wood alcohol, is a colorless organic liquid at room temperature that is both flammable and toxic if ingested. Methanol is a product with many useful characteristics that allow it to serve as an energy resource, a chemical feedstock, and a component or intermediate in many consumer goods. However, like all toxic chemicals, methanol must be handled properly to ensure that it does not have a negative impact.

New market applications for methanol are emerging everyday worldwide. The Methanol Institute will continue to serve in a leadership role to help new and existing methanol facilities and stakeholders understand best practices regarding the safe handling of methanol throughout the distribution chain, including the proper use of methanol in any downstream applications.

Here you will find a number of resources, available in many languages, providing important guidance for anyone that comes into contact with methanol. No matter how much methanol you use on a daily basis, it is important for everyone to know the hazards and safety precautions involved with handling methanol. We encourage you to review our methanol safety videos and safe-handling manual and share these resources with others that will be involved in the safe handling and transport of this essential chemical and fuel.