March Safety Focus: Emergency Eye Wash and Safety Showers (Video Demos by CPSPE Safety Officer)03/04/2019
Keep all eye wash stations and safety showers accessible.
Why are emergency showers or eyewash stations important?
The first 10 to 15 seconds after exposure to a hazardous substance, especially a corrosive substance, are critical. Delaying treatment, even for a few seconds, may cause serious injury.
Emergency showers and eyewash stations provide on-the-spot decontamination. They allow workers to flush away hazardous substances that can cause injury.
Accidental chemical exposures can still occur even with good engineering controls and safety precautions. As a result, it is essential to look beyond the use of goggles, face shields, and procedures for using personal protective equipment. Emergency showers and eyewash stations are a necessary backup to minimize the effects of accident exposure to chemicals.
Emergency showers can also be used effectively in extinguishing clothing fires or for flushing contaminants off clothing.
Hands Free Eye Wash Station (image below) – Push the handle on the right side and hold eyes open with fingers.
For a good laugh, see Diana demonstrate the safety showers below.
Eye Wash Station: https://photos.app.goo.gl/NTmfKWC9tXYG84if9
New installed Shower Station: https://photos.app.goo.gl/UsCoED23Taz8raz98
Older Shower Station: https://photos.app.goo.gl/u3aGUxqxRH64RLgb6
Make it a Safer Day!
College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering
The University of Akron