From: Kurt France/Pacific/Brenntag <KFrance**At_Symbol_Here**BRENNTAG.COM>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Methanol
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:28:05 +0000
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Hi everyone,
I have come across what appears to be a problem regarding the GHS classification for methanol and I would like to get the opinions of this group to help me convince my regulatory group to look further than this single GHS classification when creating SDSs for our organization and customers.

The specific issue is that our North American SDS has the health hazard for methanol as a category 1 and lacks the pictogram for acute toxicity. This is in stark contrast to the SDS of Methanex Corporation who is North America's largest producer of methanol who lists the health hazard as category 3 and includes the skull & crossbones pictogram.

It appears to me that the toxicity by ingestion on this document is simply being overlooked. Also it should be noted that the document is in draft form and perhaps it has been updated. Anyone know where I can get a current revision to check. (Sorry for the loss of formatting due to cut & paste on the document below)


Kurt France
Technical Director
Brenntag Pacific
Portland
5700 NW Front Ave,
Portland OR 97210


GHS Classification Sheet United States
1. GHS
Product: METHANOL
Signal Word Danger
Symbols Exclamation mark, Health hazard, Flame
Hazard Category Hazard Statement
United States
Physical hazards
Flammable liquids Category 2Highly flammable liquid and vapor
Experimental data conditions (Compare Next)
Minimum Flash point in C is less than 23
Minimum Boiling point in C is greater than 35
Australia GHS Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
Canada Quebec WHMIS GHS Classifications (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
China SAWS GHS Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
EU GHS Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
Korea MOE GHS Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
Korea NEMA GHS Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
Malaysia GHS ICOP Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
Serbia GHS Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
South Africa GHS Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
Taiwan CLA GHS Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
Turkey GHS Classification Data
Result is in the listings

Health hazards
Serious eye damage/eye irritation Category 2A Causes serious eye irritation.
Taiwan CLA GHS Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings

Reproductive toxicity Category 1May damage fertility or the unborn child.
Canada Quebec WHMIS GHS Classifications (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings

Specific target organ toxicity, single exposure Category 1Causes damage to organs.
Australia GHS Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
Canada Quebec WHMIS GHS Classifications (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
China SAWS GHS Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
EU GHS Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
Korea MOE GHS Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings

GHS Classification Sheet United States
1. GHS
Hazard Category Hazard Statement
United States
Malaysia GHS ICOP Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
Serbia GHS Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
South Africa GHS Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings
Turkey GHS Classification Data
Result is in the listings

Specific target organ toxicity, repeated exposureCategory 1Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated
exposure.
Taiwan CIA GHS Classification Data (Compare Next)
Result is in the listings

Other hazards which do not result in classification
Static accumulating flammable liquids Classified
OSHA Flammability class conversion conditions (Compare Next)
Flammability class of Flammable IB equals yes
NFPA conversion conditions
NFPA Flammability equals 3

Material name: METHANOLGHS Classification Sheet United States
480840 Version #: 00 Revision date: Draft version. Issue date: Draft version.
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