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Category Archive: Eyewash and Emergency Showers

Where to Find Eyewash Station Information

eyewash station informationIf you’re looking for eyewash station information, this blog post is a great place to start. Over the years, we’ve published lots of information here and on our main website about eyewash stations, covering everything from selecting the right model to proper use and maintenance.

Over the years we’ve put so much emphasis on eyewash station information because we recognize that selecting the right eyewash station is no easy task. With so many makes and models to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. And while it’s tempting to simply supplement or replace your existing eyewash stations with the same models you already have, those models may no longer be your best choice. After all, regulations, technologies and products—and your own facility requirements—change.

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Installing Emergency Showers: Additional Considerations

installing emergency showersIn some facilities, selecting and installing emergency showers is relatively straightforward. But many times, issues can arise that complicate the process or make you second-guess your choice of shower. To help you avoid nasty “surprises,” we’ve compiled a list of additional things to consider when selecting and installing emergency showers:

Piped vs. Portable

Do you have piped water that’s easily accessible at the planned location of the emergency shower? If not, you’ll either need to lay new pipes or choose a portable emergency shower. If you decide to go with a portable unit, make sure it can maintain water flow for a full 15 minutes, as required.

Number of Workers

If multiple workers could be affected by a hazard, then you may need to install multiple emergency showers.

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Eye Wash Station Maintenance: Why It’s So Important

eye wash station maintenanceRecently, OSHA released an InfoSheet on eye wash station maintenance, with a particular focus on the health effects of contaminated eye wash station water. Even a cursory reading leaves no doubt: infections arising from stagnant water can be nasty and dangerous—which is why eye wash station maintenance is so important.

Hazards Associated With Improper Eye Wash Station Maintenance

The biggest hazard associated with improperly maintained eye wash stations is infection. When water is stationary over time, it’s more likely to contain infection-causing organisms, such as Acanthamoeba, Pseudomonas and Legionella. When workers use eye wash stations with contaminated water, organisms can enter their body via the eye, skin or respiratory system.

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Home and Emergency Thermostatic Mixing Valves: A Comparison

thermostatic mixing valvesIf you search for thermostatic mixing valves, you might be surprised at the huge divergence in price. While thermostatic mixing valves designed for emergency use are priced anywhere from $400 to $3000, you can pick up a thermostatic mixing valve for home use at any hardware store for around $100-$200. What gives?

What Are Thermostatic Mixing Valves?

Before we get into price, let’s review what a thermostatic mixing valve is. Whether used at home or with an emergency shower or eyewash station, thermostatic mixing valves serve the same purpose: to mix hot and cold water to make the output a comfortable temperature.

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Should You Choose Portable Eyewash Stations?

portable eyewash stationWe’ve written about eyewash stations before, specifically choosing the right eye wash station for your workplace and how to operate emergency eyewash stations.

In this blog post, we review the many reasons why you might choose portable instead of a plumbed unit (tied into your water supply) for your workplace.

Portability

Portability is an obvious benefit of portable eyewash stations. You can easily move them from place to place because they don’t require plumbing or drainage pipes.

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Why Your Funeral Home Needs an Eye Wash Station and Emergency Shower

eyewash station and emergency showerFor many funeral home operators and morticians, caring for the deceased and their families is a labor of love. With their skills, they help families come to terms with the passing of a loved one and ensure the dignity of the deceased.

While working in a funeral home or mortuary has many challenges, it also has some hazards. In fact, many funeral home operators and morticians are regularly exposed to toxic chemicals, especially formaldehyde, in the course of performing their duties.

What is Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, odorous chemical. It’s used in building products and household items, including some adhesives, coatings, pressed-wood products and insulation. It’s valued for its properties as a fungicide, germicide, disinfectant and preservative.

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Eye Wash Stations in the Oil and Gas Industry

eyewash stations in oil and gasNow that America is the largest producer of oil in the world, it’s a good time to reflect on worker safety in the oil and gas industry.

And while the rate of minor injuries in the oil and gas industry is below the national average, serious injury and fatality rates remain high. These rates may reflect the many unique workplace hazards that exist in the oil and gas industry, such as:

  • Remote locations. Many oil and gas jobs are located in remote areas with no easy access to medical care.
  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals. Not only are oil and gas workers exposed to hazardous chemicals during work processes, they may also be exposed to the hazardous byproducts of oil and gas drilling.
  • Reliance on outside contractors. Outside contractors may lack safety expertise, making safety oversight and protocols even more critical.
  • Possibility of multiple victims. When things go wrong in the oil and gas industry, they can go seriously wrong—with multiple victims and injuries as a result.

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Why Your Hair, Nail and Beauty Salon Needs an Eyewash Station

salon eyewash stationWe know how important it is to have eyewash stations in manufacturing and industrial environments where employees are exposed to hazardous liquids. But eyewash stations are equally important in non-industrial settings where hazardous liquids are present, such as hair, nail and beauty salons.

The issue of hazardous liquids in salons came to light a few years ago when air tests revealed formaldehyde air levels above OSHA limits in some salons. (Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen as well as a skin and respiratory irritant.) The source of the formaldehyde turned out to be certain hair straightening products. Disturbingly, the products were labeled “formaldehyde free.”

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Keep Your Emergency Shower Maintained and Up to Date

emergency showerInstalling an emergency shower in your workplace is an important first step in ensuring employee safety. But safety doesn’t stop at installation. For an emergency shower to work effectively, you need to keep it maintained and current with the latest applicable standards.

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How to Operate an Emergency Eyewash Station

emergency eyewash stationIn 2008, there were 27,450 workplace non-fatal eye injuries that resulted in days off work. Without eyewash stations, this number would be even higher.

It takes only a few seconds for hazardous material to damage your eyes, which is why eyewash stations are so important.

Exposure to hazardous material can occur in any workplace where contaminated or strongly alkaline/acidic substances are present. Unlike cuts or abrasions, chemical materials continue to inflict damage as long as they’re in contact with your eye.

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