Eyewash stations and emergency showers are a vital part of any workplace, but especially those with workers handling hazardous substances. They provide on-the-spot decontamination that can prevent or at least reduce the level of injury from contamination.
The first 10 to 15 seconds after a worker is exposed to a dangerous substance is critical for that person to get treatment. Having eyewash stations located throughout the workplace makes it easier and more likely that the worker can find more immediate relief. The American National Standards Institute says that emergency eyewash stations and drench showers will be no more than 10 seconds or 55 feet to reach and must “be located on the same level as the hazard.”
Eyewash stations such as the Bradley S19-220 series don’t take up a lot of space and efficient enough to deliver more than the recommended amount of water. Their bright yellow design makes them easy to spot in an emergency.
Eyewash stations are not able to neutralize contaminants, they can only dilute and potentially wash them away. This fact is why the ANSI standard dictates that eyewash stations provide a large supply of clean water under low pressure. This allows the affected person to rinse his or her eyes over the required time of 15-20 minutes with as little problem as possible.
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