Tips for Emergency Eyewash Stations and Safety Showers

It is very important to treat eye injuries and remove chemicals from the body immediately, before they do serious damage.

Employers should provide emergency eyewash stations and/or safety showers for workers who are at risk from dust, chemicals, hazardous materials or other irritants. Emergency eyewash stations and safety showers must comply with AS 4775-2007 Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment standards, which contain details about design, installation, use, performance and maintenance of various types of emergency equipment, including eyewashes, showers, drench hoses, etc.

Sitecraft provides a range of safety showers and eyewashes. The aerated eye and face washes remove contaminants safely and gently from the eyes and/or face without harsh jets of water. Our easy to install and use range of emergency deluge showers provide fast and efficient cleansing, by using a low velocity aerated stream to remove contaminants.

These tips will help you to get the most from your eyewash stations and safety showers.

Place eyewash stations and safety showers in accessible locations

They should be located in any work area where corrosives or other hazardous chemicals are used. If corrosives are located away from the conventional work area, then place one close by.

Install correctly

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully when installing. Stations vary and they have precise installation instructions to enable proper performance. This includes installation height, rate of fluid flow and spray pattern requirements, and so on.

Never hang eyewash stations at an angle

A crooked station can reduce the flow of flushing water. It might also make an injured worker stand in an uncomfortable position while they flush out their eyes.

Do not block or hinder access to eyewash stations or safety showers

Injured workers need to get to the station or shower quickly. Make sure nothing is blocking their way and that nothing is stored above or below eyewash stations.

Monitor eyewash flushing fluid temperatures

Eyewash flushing fluid needs to be at a safe temperature that is not too hot or cold. Keep fluids at a safe temperature to avoid further damage to injuries.

Clean after every use

Always completely clean, disinfect, rinse and dry eyewash stations thoroughly after every use. This includes any hoses, nozzles and nozzle covers, unless you use a sealed fluid cartridge. Be careful to rinse carefully because any remaining cleaning chemicals could harm the next person’s eyes.

Do not cover an eyewash station

Never place additional plastic or any other type of makeshift cover over an eyewash station to keep dust and particles out. Doing so could hinder an injured person from quickly activating the unit with a single motion.

Flush eyewash stations and check the expiry dates

If your eyewash station uses flushing fluid, replace it before the expiration date. Like any standing water, eyewash fluid can contain bacteria that are harmful to eyes.

Check the flushing instructions for your eyewash station and follow the recommendations. Designate a person to be responsible for checking eyewash stations to refill or replace fluids according to the manufacturer guidelines and to make sure fluids have not reached their expiration date.

Do not alter or tamper with eyewash stations or safety showers

Never make any alterations that may comprise an eyewash station or a safety shower unless the manufacturer provides specific instructions to do so.