Printech Archives: August, 1998: Methyl Acetate use, health effects

Methyl Acetate use, health effects
Sun, 2 Aug 1998 21:48:06 EDT

To listserve participants:

I thought you would be interested in this question and response:

Is methyl acetate the primary chemical in blanket washes? And are there
studies as to the long term effects of working around it? thanks for your

To answer your question, methyl acetate is not a primary or even a secondary
ingredient in blanket wash. Its use may be very limited in blanket washes as
it has a very strong odor that is difficult to mask. The odor is considered
offense by many who have used it. From a flashpoint perspective, it is not too
bad as the closed cup flashpoint is 135oF.

Regarding health effects, according to the June 1997 edition of NIOSH Pocket
Guide to Hazardous Chemicals, it is an eye, skin, nose, and throat irritant.
It can casue drowsiness, optic nerve atrophy, chest tightness, and in animals
narcosis. If you need more information, I would suggest that you can contact
NIOSH at 1/800-356-4674.

If you need any more information, please contact me.

Gary Jones
Graphic Arts Technical Foundation



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