ABC of Safety in the Biological Sciences
GLYCOL METHACRYLATE (CH2C(CH3)COOH)
2Hydroxyethyl methacrylate, methacrylic acid 2hydroxyethyl ester.
Clear, viscous liquid with a slightly pungent odour.
Heating produces toxic fumes of carbon.
HEALTH HAZARD DATA
Glycol methacrylate is a plastic polymer used for embedding body tissues requiring thin sectioning. Glycol methacrylate is toxic and an irritant to the skin, eyes and mucous membranes.
HANDLING and GENERAL PRECAUTIONS
Use a fume hood.
Avoid skin and eye contact.
Avoid inhalation of the vapour.
Keep away from heat.
Wash hands thoroughly after handling.
Use a fume hood to keep the level of exposure to the vapour as low as possible. Wear protective clothing. A long sleeved laboratory coat or gown, rubber gloves, safety goggles and a face mask as a minimum standard.
Skin immediately wash the affected area with soap or mild detergent and large amounts of water until all evidence of the chemical has been removed (approximately 15 minutes). If irritation persists seek medical attention.
Eyes immediately wash the affected eye with large amounts of water until all evidence of the chemical has been removed (approximately 15 minutes). If irritation or pain persist seek immediate medical attention.
Inhalation remove from the area of exposure to fresh air. Keep warm and allow to rest. If irritation persists seek medical attention.
Ingestion wash out the mouth thoroughly with water and give water to drink. Seek immediate medical advice.
Store in a cool, dry atmosphere away from heat.
Glycol methacrylate should be disposed of by mixing with a combustible substance and burnt in a chemical incinerator equipped with an afterburner and scrubber.