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Emergency Eye Wash Station

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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As with any safety measure, the details surrounding the proper installation, maintenance, and type of emergency eye wash stations that are acceptable to OSHA are numerous, and can be confusing. Regardless of OHSA's concerns, though, there are certain considerations to take into account when you're trying to plan a work environment that is safe and reliable for everyone involved. Insuring a safe, healthy environment is not only imperative, but can be easy, too, by using a little common sense.

Firstly, emergency eye wash stations should be located in an easy-to-reach place. Not too high off of the ground, and not too low either--a recommended height for showers is around seven or eight feet off of the ground, and sinks or face washes should be around 3 feet off of the ground. Also, facilities should be located as close to hazards as possible, along an unobstructed path from the source of the hazard.

Secondly, activation of emergency eye wash stations should be as easy as possible. With one quick tug, most eye wash stations will activate and stay activated for at least fifteen minutes. With emergency showers, an easily reachable level for the actuator handle is around 5 feet off of the ground. For drench hose units or eyewashes, the actuator is usually built in to the unit, and can easily be installed facing outward for the most immediate use.

Insuring That Your Emergency Eye Wash Stations Conform To Standards

Booklets and information detailing the proper installation and use safety equipment is easily available from both OSHA and ANSI. Immediate reference is often available online, as well, usually with detailed diagrams and links to other relevant information. Perhaps the most effective method of insuring the proper procedures for the use of safety products are followed, however, is to get the help of a specialist, such as an employee of OSHA or a medical professional.


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