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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.

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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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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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Working With These Materials? You May Need an Eyewash Station

eyewash stationSome hazardous materials almost automatically warrant the installation of eyewash stations. In this blog post, we’ll review a few of these materials and some the industries and processes in which they’re commonly found and used.

Sulfuric Acid

Sulfuric acid is also known as battery acid. It’s a highly corrosive mineral acid that, at high concentrations, can cause serious damage on contact. If splashed in the eyes, it can lead to permanent blindness.

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Which Eyewash Station is Right for Your Workplace?

eyewash stationEvery year, thousands of people are blinded from work-related eye injuries. While hazard removal and personal protective equipment are the preferred methods of avoiding eye injuries, eyewash stations are an important way of treating eye injuries if they occur.

If you need to put eyewash stations in your workplace, you have two basic types to choose from:

  1. Plumbed stations
  2. Portable stations.

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