Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Safety Showers and Eyewash Stations Mitigate Factory Injuries

Safety Showers
Safety shower in action
(courtesy of Hughes Safety)
It only takes one accidental splash of a corrosive substance, or even a common chemical like bleach, to cause serious or even permanent damage to a worker's eyes or skin. This is why emergency washing stations (also know as safety showers and/or eyewash stations) are required to supplement the use of Personal Protective Equipment in workplaces where contact with corrosive, toxic, or strongly irritating chemicals is possible.

A safety shower/eyewash is a device required when there is a reasonable probability of a hazardous or injurious eye, face and/or body exposure. Facilities are required to have emergency showers and eyewash stations designed to wash chemicals off a person in the event of a chemical spill and to provide on-the-spot decontamination.

Safety showers and eyewash stations are designed to flush away hazardous chemicals from a user’s eyes, face or body. Because they are accessed in emergencies, they must be easy to operate and provide ample flow of water to decontaminate the effected area.  Additionally, the area around a safety shower/eyewash station should be kept clear of obstructions and very easy to access. The location must provide the user the ability to get under the shower head or to the eyewash quickly and without difficulty.

The video below provides information on the available kinds of safety showers and eyewash stations available today.

For more information, contact:

21060 Corsair Blvd
Hayward, CA 94545
Phone: (510) 274-1990
Fax: (510) 274-1999