Bio diesel Material Safety Data sheets help you to handle bio diesel and other related chemicals used in the production of bio diesel safely. Bio diesel manufacturing requires chemicals and it may create toxic gas and excessive heat. So care must be taken before starting bio diesel production.
For converting vegetable oil to bio diesel you must first pre heat the oil to remove any water in that oil. You should remember that open flames should not be used to heat the oil. The lye and methanol mixing will produce methoxide. This will create toxic fumes. You should take adequate precautions to do this. You should not inhale the toxic fumes. Wear gloves and mask before doing the mixing.
Methanol is a poisonous gas and can not be converted into non poisonous. It may cause eye and skin irritation. If it gets contact with skin it can be absorbed quickly and this will produce harmful side effects like reproductive disorders. If swallowed it may cause blindness. It may also harm nervous system. It may affect the respiratory organs if inhaled. If swallowed it may cause kidney, liver and heart failure.
Methanol side effects for eyes are severe. It may cause irritation, red ness, and cornea injury and sometimes it may cause pain when you exposed to light. It is easily absorbed by skin and so it can cause harmful effects like irritations or prolonged illness in skin. It may cause blindness, unconsciousness or coma if swallowed.
There are some first aid measures when you expose to methanol. If eyes get affected then rinse your eyes thoroughly with plenty of water and open and close the eyes. Seek medical help immediately. If your skin gets exposed then clean with soap and plenty of water. Remove the contaminated clothes. Then immediately go to your doctor for further treatment. If swallowed give the affected person one or two cup full of milk or water. If he is unconscious do not give any thin orally. Seek medical help immediately. If he has inhaled the fumes and became unconscious then immediately arrange for artificial respiration.
Methanol is essential in converting vegetable oil to bio diesel. But necessary precautions are required before starting the process. When you use bio diesel equipments and processors you can better buy the closed kits so that no pouring or splashing of methanol in allowed. You can buy the closed equipment with proper ventilation. Wear gloves and appropriate clothes while handling the chemicals in bio diesel production.
Many bio diesel processor kits provide safety kits like gloves, eye masks, dust masks etc. Ensure that all the labors took adequate precautions while doing the processing work. You should arrange for proper cleaning of the container. The container sometimes may contain toxic vapor or fumes. So clean them thoroughly and keep them closed.
Bio diesel is of course environmental friendly and cost effective when compared to petroleum diesel. But the conversion of vegetable oil to bio diesel may produce some harmful gas. So care should be taken while preparing the bio diesel.