The first five to ten second after an eye’s exposure to a hazardous or corrosive substance are critical when seeking treatment. If you fail to provide water for flushing the substance out of the eye or additional treatment, a minor injury can turn into a terminal physical condition.
For this reason, you should implement an on-the-spot, portable eyewash station that provides adequate flushing and pain relief and deters a severe wound.
Although protective equipment such as goggles, face shields, and even safety procedures can mitigate risk associated with working in a hazardous environment, accidents still happen. Emergency eyewash stations provide the necessary cleansing needed in toxic or poisoning situations.
Working Conditions That Require Eyewash Stations
According to OSHA, if an employee’s eyes are exposed to injurious corrosive material, you must provide a suitable eyewash device for instant flushing. ANSI defines hazardous materials as caustic substances or compounds that have the capability of producing injuries or long-term health effects to the eyes.
Examples of working conditions that require eyewash stations include:
● Construction sites
● Liquid or chemical mixing facilities
● Areas where gases and fumes are emitted
What Type of Equipment is Adequate for an Eyewash Station?
● A portable eyewash bottle should deliver water to both eyes while transporting a person to an eye washing station.
● The bottle and all its components should be readily accessible and easy to open, as well as easy to use.
● The worker should be able to activate the bottle in less than one second.
● The water should flow freely from the bottle so that an employee can wash both eyes.
● There should be plenty of open space to allow the worker to position their eyes directly in front of the stream of water as it exits the bottle.
● The eyewash bottle should be isolated from the work area to prevent any contamination.
Treatment for Eye Injuries
The eyewash bottle should be capable of providing plenty of fluid to clean the eye. The flushing or rinsing amount (1, 16, 32-ounce bottles) can be modified if the identity and properties of the chemical are known.
If irritation or pain persists, the worker should repeat the flushing procedure. Seek medical attention as soon as possible after first aid has been given. Consult a physician familiar with chemical contamination of the eyes.
Eyewash Bottles From MC Tool & Safety
If you need to implement eyewash station for your work site, then contact MC Tool & Safety. We offer a wide range of eyewash products and accessories that will work in any environment. We also provide industrial and safety equipment for all types of industries.
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