A chemical splash in the eye can cause serious eye injuries and even blindness to workers exposed to corrosive chemicals. If you have an emergency eyewash station on site, it is very important to be sure you are in compliance with regulations. Read these helpful tips to be sure your business is following correct protocols when it comes to emergency eyewash station compliance:
- Eyewash stations must be in compliance with ANSI standard z358-1-2009.
- Eyewash stations must be installed within 10 seconds walking distance of the hazard.
- Path to eyewash station should be free and clear and in a well-lit, visible area with a sign indicating “eyewash station”.
- Flushing fluid must be between 60º and 100º.
- There must be a full 15 minutes of continuous flow of flushing fluid.
- One single motion must activate the eyewash station in one second or less.
- Valves on unit must stay open without requiring the use of hands.
- Eyewash equipment must be on the same level as the hazard.
- Employers are responsible for proper maintenance of eyewash stations.
- Plumbed eyewash stations must be flushed weekly to deter the buildup of bacteria and other contaminants.
- Self-contained eyewash stations must be maintained according to manufacturer's instructions.
- Eyewash stations with portable sealed cartridges are now available for maintenance-free use with 24-month shelf life.
- Workers that are exposed to hazardous materials should be trained in the use of eyewash stations in order to be prepared for an emergency.
- If an eyewash station is required by OSHA regulations and ANSI standards, serious penalties can be imposed on an employer for non-compliance.
Contact us to learn more about compliance and regulations at your business.