This page provides answers to HSE's commonly asked questions about health and safety.
Methanol itself is nontoxic, however when it metabolizes in the body from acute ingestion it produces toxic quantities of formaldehyde and formic acid.Most methanol poisonings are intentional (suicide) or from illegal uses (such as spiked drinking liquor)
Methanol is flammable like any other hydrocarbon compound. Methanol is considerably less flammable compared to gasoline. In terms of weight, a methanol vapor cloud formed e.g. by evaporation from an open liquid pool holds less than a tenth of the vapor formed by a gasoline pool.
Methanol flame is generally not visible in a bright daylight and does not produce sooty flame.
Flare is a normal industrial equipment used to safely burn the gases without affecting the environment.The flare stack is designed to burn the small amount of waste hydrocarbons completely before released to atmosphere. It also burns larger quantities during emergencies, when the whole or a part of the plant is shut down and during start up and shutdown where the plant comes on line slowly. In an emergency, the gases trapped in the unit need to be released to atmosphere for safety reasons. Instead of releasing them directly, the flare stack is used where the hydrocarbons are burnt to produce carbon dioxide and water vapor – the same products that are released from your car exhaust.During start up and shut down, the gases are flared until the right conditions (temperature/pressure) are attained in the process. To summarize the features of the flare stack which are:• To burn small amounts of gases that is continuously released by the process. This is the normal flame that can be seen at the top of the flare – particularly at night.• In an emergency, the flaring (burning) of larger quantities of gases. During start up and shutdowns, the flaring would persist until the plant comes online.• The heat liberated is minimal to allow human movement around the flare stack.• The burning is safe, and only carbon dioxide and water vapors are released to the atmosphere – and these already exist in the atmosphere.
Yes. SMC places the highest priority on the health and safety of the employees, contractors and visitors who work and visit our site. Moreover the plant has been designed in such a way to ensure that the Health and Safety aspects with regard to personnel, property and the environment are maintained at the relevant acceptable levels.
All the new employees of the company are given familiarization program on HSE functions including Safety Induction, Basic Safety training and Basic First Aid Training which is followed by refresher training at scheduled frequencies.
The employees who require specialized safety training are given separate training like Emergency Response Training , Permit to Work training, Log Out Tag Out, Deluge Valve Operation, Fire and Gas Monitoring System, Fire and Emergency appliance familiarization, etc.
Regular Mock Drills are conducted for different scenarios to ensure that the emergency response plan is working effectively and additionally the manpower resources and equipment (including Fire Fighting vehicles) are healthy and ready for any emergency situation.
All the permanent contractors working at site have to go through the Mandatory Safety training and relevant specialized safety training required according to their scope of work before engaging at work site.
All the visitors who want to visit the plant area have to go through the mandatory safety Induction.
A medical clinic is managed round the clock by trained medics to meet any eventuality.
Regular Awareness campaigns are also conducted in-house and for stakeholders. SMC owns an Ambulance which is available at site all the time.
Methanol is a volatile liquid that evaporates readily when exposed to air. When released into the air, it is readily biodegradable and will break down into other relatively non-hazardous chemicals.