Everyone wants to protect their eye-sight and not have to wear glasses until they reach like, 85 years old. Even more, people that work with chemicals or metal engineering procedures are more than concerned with their eyes. What is a splash of acid gets in your eye? What if a piece of metal jumps and cuts you near the eye while you’re cutting it on the machine? Of course you can wear safety goggles for both situations, but goggles protect just the eye area, and you never know how good they will be.
Plus, this is a question that employers need to think about as well; any injury on the work place is on your responsibility, which means you as an employer need to do everything to prevent it from happening, or you’ll have to pay for the damage. So, instead of worrying when will the next accident happen and your workers start suffering, you start paying things and get nervous, why not consider installing eyewash stations? As one solution, is probably the best:
Eyewash stations are especially designed tools installed in work places where potential chemical or mechanical hazards exist. These stations work with water whose main purpose is to wash whatever made contact with your eyes and is causing you discomfort. There are mainly two type of eyewash stations used in today’s manufacturing facilities and labs:
- Self-contained eyewash stations – probably your best solution for mobile job sites where plumbing isn’t possible nor financially efficient to be done. These can be either mixed concentrate units based on tap water mixed with preservative to prevent bacteria from developing. The other type is cartridge units filled with purified water or saline solutions. The cartridges have a shelf life of 24 months and afterwards are simply replaced with new ones. The important thing to remember about self-contained stations is that the water solution should be replaced in the time intervals the manufacturer indicated, otherwise you risk bacteria entering your eyes.
- Plumbed eyewash stations – these are great in situations where plumbing is easily accessible, like construction sites for instance, where a drench shower can be easily installed. These stations also use tap water.
Regardless of which type of eyewash station you choose, you’ll have to pay attention to several rules the OSHA posed regarding this question, which include permit for water hoses, sink faucets and regular showers. Also check for other standards you need to consider, like the ANSI which doesn’t address additional elements for eyewash stations.