Saving Sight
Businesses which didn't have stations in close proximity according to a report were issued 784 citations in 2005. Another 124 citations were also issued to firms that didn't provide employees with hazard info and training. This necessitates a balance of instruction, knowledge, training and upkeep measures to support emergency eyewash applications. As a rule of thumb, eyewash stations are required if work environments contain paint, solvents, battery charging stations, hazardous chemical storage, tool parts washers or chemical pumping/mixing areas. If workers are using chemical resistant gloves; eyewash stations are absolutely needed. The simplest way to determine if a station is necessary is to examine the Material Safety Data Sheets under the first aid section. 

Substances and chemicals will typically require that irrigation of the eyes for minimum of fifteen minutes is a necessary, so the need for eyewash stations that are sufficient is a must. For complete ANSI eyewash instructions, refer to the ANSI Z358.1-2004 Standard. The three types to be acquainted with when deciding upon an eyewash station are: self-contained, portable and plumbed models. Self-contained, portable units and plumbed stations differ in flushing solutions and attributes that they deliver. Investment cost, flushing solution, upkeep requirements and ease of use should all possess an impact on the final decision. 

The Choices: 
Plumbed stations are permanently connected to a source of regular water. Their greatest attribute is the capability to provide plentiful amounts of flushing fluid. however, in case that the water source is contaminated then that the flushing water drawn from this unit will also be contaminated. These channels must be attached to fixed plumbing and are expensive to set up and impractical to move. 

Self-Contained and Portable eyewash stations contain their very own flushing fluid and don't require fixed plumbing. These eyewash channels are great for changing work surroundings or places where plumbing isn't readily available. Mobile eyewash stations can be divided into two types: tank style and sealed fluid cartridge systems.