Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Printmaking: Workplace Health & Safety-MSDS Methylated Spirits

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To find the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for Methylated Spirits simply type the brand (Diggers) and product name (Methylated Spirits) into a search engine.
I have listed some of the content found on the MSDS for your reference.

Methylated Spirits also known as Denatured Alcohol; Metho; Denatured Ethanol; Industrial Methylated Spirits.
Non-Hazardous according to criteria of workplace Australia
Use: General purpose solvent
Ingredients: Ethyl alcohol   64-17-2                     95.8-99.9%
Water                               7732-18-5                 4.2-0.2%
Denaturant            <0.1% Denaturants may be one or more of the following: Methyl isobutyl ketone, fluorescein, diethyl phthalate, tertiary butyl alcohol, brucine sulphate or denatonium benzoate.
Health Hazard Information
Ingestion: Irritating. May cause coughing, headache, dullness, abdominal spasm and diarrhoea.
Eye: Liquid and high vapour concentration are irritating and may cause watering of the eyes.
Skin: Mildly irritating. Contact with the product may defat the skin and may contribute to dermatitis.
Inhalation: Highly volatile. Vapours are irritating to the eyes, nose and throat and effect the central nervous system, causing coughing, headache, nausea and dizziness. Higher concentrations may cause unconsciousness and coma. Death may result from severe and continued exposure.
Chronic: inhalation and ingestion are the routes of entry into the body. The product defats the skin and prolonged or repeated contact may contribute to dermatitis.
Precautions for use:
Engineering control: Ventilation requirements depend on the quantity of product in use and the method of application. Ventilation should be sufficient to maintain vapour levels below the appropriate exposure standard. Use only in well ventilated areas unless forced air ventilation id employed, this is due to the fire hazard as well as the risks from inhalation. Local exhaust ventilation may be required.
Personal Protection: Requirements re dependant on working conditions, quantity of product in use and method of application. For minor use safety goggles and nitrile, neoprene, polyvinal chloride (PVC) or natural rubber gloves may be sufficient. If large quantities are in use; chemical resistant safety goggles, gloves or gauntlets and overalls. A half face respirator with organic solvent vapour filter is required unless the area is well ventilated. In confined or poorly ventilated areas use air supplied breathing apparatus. N.B. TAKE THE LIMITS OF ABSORPTION CAPACITY INTO ACCOUNT. CHANGE FILTERS REGULARLY.
For full safety report check the MSDS for the Methylated Spirits stored in your studio.

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Jo Lankester
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