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An eye wash station is necessary in all industries that handle chemicals and hazardous materials.  The temperature of the flushing fluid is just as important outdoors as indoors.  Most are concerned about the temperature in the winter going below 60 degrees and not being ANSI compliant, but another concern is the flushing fluid exceeding 100 degrees.  This can happen in industrial areas without air conditioning and outdoors where sun  exposure heats the water to uncomfortable levels.  When installing an eye wash station, take into consideration all seasons and climate changes.

Emergency Defibrillators (AED)

Defibrillators

An AED Defibrillator can save a life when a person is in cardiac arrest.  Having one accessible in an emergency could mean the difference between life and death.


An AED Emergency Automated External Defibrillator restores the hearts normal rhythm during cardiac arrest.  It is a small, lightweight device that is designed to administer an electric shock to restore a normal rhythm to victims experiencing cardiac arrest.  An irregular heart rhythm is called an arrhythmia and it means that the heart cannot efficiently pump blood to other vital organs which will quickly become starved of the nutrients and life sustaining oxygen that it provides.  An AED Defibrillator can jolt the heart in order to restore its normal rhythm by sending an electrical current directly to the heart muscle.

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Survival rates are significantly higher with their use
Approximately 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital due to the length of time it takes for emergency personnel to arrive on the scene. Emergency Defibrillators in public places may double survival rates if there are people trained to use them. They are an absolute necessity in places of business, schools, athletic programs, and organizations. 

Knowing how to use one in an emergency is important

It is important that if an AED Defibrillator is purchased, training is provided for its proper use.   Emergency Personnel should always be called in this type of emergency in order to secure the best outcome for the victim.

Availability is Critical

Several states have passed legislation in recognition of the life-saving potential that AEDs offer against sudden cardiac arrest.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) "Near Proximity Rule" requires response to life-threatening emergencies within three to four minutes.  Accessibility is absolutely critical.  Though many facilities are placing emergency defibrillators in their buildings, there still needs to be a major "sense of urgency" to install them in convenient locations in protective wall mounting boxes for easy access.

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