From: "Stuart, Ralph" <Ralph.Stuart**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Methanol
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:39:01 +0000
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>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.

One helpful resource in addressing this question is likely to be the Lab Chemical Safety Summary view of data collected by the Pubchem project of the National Library of Medicine. Specifically, the page found at
GHS classifications from 3 sources:
EU REGULATION (EC) No 1272/2008
Safe Work Australia and the
Chemical Management Center (CMC) of Japan National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE)

These sources don't entirely agree with each other, but the PubChem record includes provence information that allows you to determine who made the GHS designation. And the NITE source provides the Rationale for their classification at the link provided by PubChem. As usual with any Internet information, NITE notes that "The responsibility for any resulting GHS labelling and SDS referenced from this site is with users", but this might provide some helpful insight into your challenge.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Keene State College


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