METHANOL, 1 l, bot.


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W01030705 - Fixing reagents (histology/cytology)
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Alcohol used to fix blood smears and to prepare numerous reagents and to clean microscope's objectives.


Methyl alcohol


Technical specifications

  • CAS n°: 67-56-1
  • Formula: CH4O
  • Liquid reagent
  • Quality: pure, ultra pure

Packaging & Labelling

1 litre glass or plastic bottle

Transport Dangerous Goods

  • UN1230
  • Class: 3 (6.1)
  • Packing group: II
  • Proper shipping name: Methanol

Instructions for use

Keep the lids on the bottles; in a dry environment methanol evaporates very rapidly and in a very humid environment the fixative capacity of the alcohol diminishes due to the absorption of water.

If using the product after the expiry date has passed, check the fixative capacity with red blood cells on the smear.

Cannot be replaced by ethanol.

Please consult the “Updated laboratory procedures, 2022” available online via the Laboratory working Group sharepoint page: Laboratory Procedures and Resources.

For offline access, contact your laboratory advisor.


  • At room temperature
  • Upright on the bottom shelves
  • ​No expiry date

Waste management

Substance with hazardous characteristics. Please contact your watsan referent for advice on proper disposal.

Detailed hazard and precautionary information can be found in the safety data sheet (SDS).

Classification EC Regulation N° 1272/2008

  • Flammable liquids: Category 2, H225
  • Acute toxicity, Inhalation: Category 3, H331
  • Acute toxicity, Dermal: Category 3, H311
  • Acute toxicity, Oral: Category 3, H301
  • Specific target organ toxicity - single exposure: Category 1, H370

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H225Highly flammable liquid and vapour
H301Toxic if swallowed.
H311Toxic in contact with skin.
H331Toxic if inhaled.
H370Causes damage to organs (or state all organs affected, if known) (state route of exposure if it is conclusively proven that no other routes of exposure cause the hazard).
P210Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. – No smoking.
P240Ground/bond container and receiving equipment.
P280Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection
P301 + P310IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician.
P302 + P350IF ON SKIN: Gently wash with plenty of soap and water.
P304 + P340IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing.

MSF requirements

The chosen quality allows a very good fixation of smears and is perfectly suitable for the preparation of reagents.

Dry or "water free" methanol (maximum 0.05% of water) is better, but also much more expensive.

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