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Portable Eye Wash Station

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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For many applications, it may be more practical to utilize a portable eye wash station than a plumbed station. In situations where there isn't the luxury of plumbing, or a reliable water source, portable eye wash stations are the perfect solution, combining safe environment with compliance to health standards. Portable stations also are great for use in safety and rescue vehicles, and for taking to accident scenes.

The Two Main Varieties of Portable Eye Wash Station

Portable eye wash stations come in two main types. The first is a gravity-fed type, where water is pumped from a storage tank through drench nozzles and onto the eyes and face. Gravity-fed units are easily mounted on walls, or temporarily installed on level surfaces such as makeshift tabletops. Most gravity-fed eye wash stations emit the standard three gallons per minute and are capable of running uninterrupted for at least 15 minutes.

The other main type of portable eye wash stations consists of a pressurized tank connected to standard drench nozzles or a drench hose. These units are extremely portable, and very useful for immediate operation in any environment. However, they often do not produce a shower strong enough or long enough to fit with ANSI standards, and as such, should not be used as a primary emergency eye wash station.

Eye wash solution is also available in a bottle, and is small enough to fit inside a pocket. These personal eye wash products, while practical for some applications, may not be suitable for more extreme use. People who are regularly exposed to hazardous materials should also always be trained in the proper use of all safety products, including eye wash stations, face wash stations, and drench showers.

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