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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.

So to help you in your decision making, we’ll use this blog post to give you a quick overview of the many eyewash station resources on our site.

How to Choose an Eyewash Station

When choosing eyewash stations for your workplace, one of your main decisions will be deciding whether to procure plumbed or portable models.

In this blog post, we give a brief overview of plumbed and portable stations:

Which Eyewash Station is Right for Your Workplace. And in the article How to Choose an Eyewash Station for Your Facility, we go into these two types in more detail.

We also cover why you might opt to go with portable units over plumbed units, even if your facility already has plumbing in place. (Hint: It comes down to flexibility and lower maintenance costs.)

Make Sure Your Eyewash Stations are ANSI Compliant

ANSI standards set out specific requirements for eyewash stations, so you’ll want to make sure your stations comply. For more information about the standard, see our article on ANSI Z358.1.

How to Use an Eyewash Station

It’s not enough to install eyewash stations in your company’s facility. You also have to train workers on how to use those stations.

As you know, using an eyewash station isn’t as simple as rinsing the eyes with water. Workers need to hold their eyes open with their fingertips, roll their eyes so water can reach all areas, remove contacts (if applicable) and flush for a full 15 minutes. In addition, medical attention should also be sought after flushing is complete. For more on this, see our article How to Use an Eyewash Station.

Our blog also contains information on how to help a coworker flush hazardous materials out of his/her eyes. This could include quickly guiding the affected worker to the eyewash station, making sure he/she flushes for a full 15 minutes, notifying a supervisor and contacting paramedics.

Emergency Thermostatic Mixing Values

An often-overlooked part of a plumbed eyewash station is the thermostatic mixing valve. You may already be familiar with the thermostatic mixing valve in your home (which mixes hot and cold water to prevent scalding or chilling). But don’t think you can substitute one for the other. In our blog post, we explain how home and emergency thermostatic mixing valves are different.

Emergency Eyewash Stations for Particular Industries

We tend to associate eyewash station requirements with particular industries (such as manufacturing and resource extraction). But many other industries also require them. For example, we discussed why eyewash stations may be necessary in funeral homes and beauty salons.

Basically, eyewash stations should be installed in any industry where hazardous materials are present. What constitutes a hazardous material? In this blog post, we list some common hazardous substances as well as some of the industries in which they’re used.

Eyewash Stations in the Oil and Gas Industry

Of course, some industries present more challenging environments for the installation and maintenance of eyewash stations, due to factors such as extreme temperatures, lack of space, and exposure to salt water. In this blog post, we talk about the particular challenges of eyewash stations in the oil and gas industry.

Fortunately, we carry heated eyewash stations that are designed for just these kind of environments.

Eyewash Station Maintenance

The process for maintaining your eyewash station will vary depending on the model. But generally, the goal is to keep your station(s) free of bacteria. Otherwise, infections of the eye, skin, respiratory system or body can result.

To learn more about particular infection-causing organisms, see our post Eyewash Station Maintenance: Why It’s So Important.

Eyewash Stations at Select Safety Sales

We hope you find these resources helpful. And for more information about any particular style or type of eyewash station, you can also check out the product descriptions on our website.

Of course, if you have any questions or would like further information, don’t hesitate to contact our safety experts. You can reach us at sales@selectsafetysales.com, call (866) 864-3495 or use our online chat function.

With over 10 years of experience in industrial safety, we have answers to your eyewash station questions!

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