Standards and Best Practices

Reference Handling Procedures

There are currently several different handling procedures for methanol in use in the marketplace. This may lead to confusion and possible incorrect handling of the product. For this reason, IMPCA has reviewed the need to develop a Reference Methanol Handling Procedure.

Please download the first official version of the document IMPCA Methanol Sampling Methods, “Procedures for Methanol Cargo on Shore and Ship”.

Methanol Handling Procedures Overview

IMPCA promotes standardized methanol handling procedures to ensure safe and efficient practices in the industry.

Quality Standards Assurance

IMPCA sets quality standards to maintain consistency and reliability in the methanol sector.

Best Practices Promotion

IMPCA actively promotes best practices to benefit the global methanol industry.

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Find answers to frequently asked questions about methanol and IMPCA’s role.

What is methanol?

Methanol is a colorless liquid that is commonly used as a solvent, fuel, and raw material in the production of various chemicals.

How is methanol produced?

Methanol is primarily produced from natural gas through a process called steam reforming, which involves the reaction of natural gas with steam at high temperatures.

What are the common uses of methanol?

Methanol is used in various industries, including automotive, construction, electronics, and pharmaceuticals. It is used as a fuel, solvent, antifreeze, and in the production of formaldehyde and other chemicals.

Is methanol safe to handle?

Methanol can be hazardous if not handled properly. It is flammable and toxic, and exposure to methanol vapors or ingestion can cause serious health effects. Proper safety precautions should be followed when handling methanol.

What are the handling procedures for methanol?

IMPCA has developed a ‘Reference Methanol Handling Procedure’ to ensure safe and proper handling of methanol. This procedure provides guidelines for storage, transportation, and use of methanol.