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Emergency Eye Wash Stations

Eyewash Stations

Eye Wash Stations that are ANSI Z358.1-2014 Compliant prevent serious eye injuries due to chemical splashes and particulates.  Proper installation is just as important!

How an eye wash station is installed is just as important as the eyewash choice.  Just because an eyewash is manufactured as ANSI compliant doesn't necessarily mean that YOU are compliant.  Location, access and temperature of the flushing fluid are the responsibility of the user.  You can have a compliant unit, but if it is not installed properly, it can lead to heavy fines and most importantly lead to injury or blindness of a worker.  It is up to you to make sure you comply and make that eyewash compliant. Select carries Speakman, Haws, Bradley, Encon and more.  Read How to Choose an Eye Wash Station to learn more about this emergency safety equipment.

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Best Practices When Considering an Eye Wash Station

  • Should Be Easily Accessible: An injured person should be able to reach the eyewash within 10 seconds walking at a slow pace.  Remember the person probably cannot see and may need assistance to get over to the station.  so placement is key.  Don't install the unit in a remote corner. Even though you have instructed your workers as to the location and operation of the eyewash, when it comes down to using it in an emergency, the anxiety from the event or injury will many times confuse the individual. So a very clear, well lit station with a bright green sign should be carefully considered.
  • 15 Minute Continuous Flow: The unit has to have continuous flow for a full 15 minutes with a minimum flow rate of .4 gal per minute for an eyewash and 3 gal per minute for an eye/face wash. Consider an eye/face wash when you are able.  Portable units cannot deliver more than .4 gal per minute and cannot be regarded as an eye/face as they do not have the volume to deliver a 15 minute flow at 3 gal per minute.  They would run out of fluid in 3 to 5 minutes depending on the size.  So a plumbed unit would be the only way to achieve having an eye/face wash.
  • Caustic, Hazardous or PARTICULATES: Though we always equate the need for an eyewash with caustics and chemicals, not enough attention is brought to the possibility of airborne particulates, dust, dirt and anything that can get caught in the eye.  Don't think that because you are not handling caustics and chemicals that you do not need an eye wash station.  Use common sense and don't just install one to be compliant.  Install it because you have a true desire to protect your workers.
  • Flushing Fluid Temperature: ANSI Z358.1 stipulates that the temperature should be between 60 and 100 degrees fahrenheit. But is 60 degrees or 1100 degrees comfortable temperatures to actually flush your eyes for a full 15 minutes?  Probably not!  Try to take a shower with a temperature at 60 degrees for 15 minutes!  It is not comfortable and you will not remain in that shower for long.  When considering an eye wash, I am suggesting bringing the flushing fluid temp to between 70 and 90 degrees for a comfortable flow so that the victim will remain in that position for 15 minutes.  It is difficult enough holding both your eyes open with your fingers and bending over for that length of time.
  • Plumbed Vs. Portable: Portable is considered when there is no plumbing available.  Of course the temperature of the room needs to be considered as the portable unit will take on the temperature of the room.  So if its below 60 degrees, consider a portable heated unit or install a plumbed unit with a cold and hot water feed and a thermostatic mixing valve to blend the hot and cold to a temperature that meets the standard.  Maintenance of a plumbed unit is a weekly flush, while a portable unit requires quarterly maintenance.  There are exceptions to this quarterly maintenance with some portables having cartridges that are installed into the unit and can last up to 24 months.

Most Popular ANSI Z358.1 Portable Units

Our most popular portable eye wash stations below are simple to install and are a very economical solution when plumbing is not available at your facility.  They are self-contained units and easy to install and can be placed near the work hazard quickly.  Just add your own potable water and bacteriostatic solution (preservative) and you will have eye protection in you work area for 3 to 6 months, depending on the manufacturer's instructions.

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Speakman SE-4400 ANSI Compliant 9 Gallon Portable Eyewash Station

Speakman SE-4400 ANSI 9 Gallon Portable

Compact unit that can mount on wall or sit on table or shelf 
Regular Price: $204.00
Most Popular: $169.00
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Haws Portable Eyewash Station Model 7501

Haws 7501 Portable 9 Gallon ANSI Unit

Compact & proven 9 gallon that hangs on the wall! 
Regular Price: $225.00
Just Reduced: $169.00
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Sellstrom 16 Gallon ANSI Portable Eyewash Station - 90320

Sellstrom 90320 16 Gallon ANSI Station

GREAT PRICE for a 16 gallon portable unit! 
Regular Price: $298.00
Just Reduced: $250.00
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Encon  01104050 Gravity Fed Portable Eye Wash

Encon Gravity Fed Portable Eye Wash 01104050

Gravity fed and slim design. Great for tight areas. 
Regular Price: $298.36
On Sale For: $239.00

Easy-To-Install Cartridge Units

Cartridge style Eye Wash Stations are self-contained units that provide you with super easy maintenance.  All that you have to do is hang the unit on the wall with the wall brackets that are included with the purchase. It will be maintenance free for up to two years!  You will not have to do anything else!  The cartridge contains a preserved and sealed solution. After two years simply remove the cartridge and attach another one to the eyewash. Shown below are two of our stations with their cartridges.

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Fendall 1000 Pure Flow ANSI Cartridge Eyewash Station

Fendall Pure Flow 1000 Cartridge Style - 32-001000-0000

Only requires maintenance every 2 years! ANSI Z358.1.  
Regular Price: $429.00
Just Reduced: $369.00
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Fendall Cartridge For Fendall Pure Flow 1000 Eyewash Station

Fendall Pure Flow 1000 Cartridge - 32-001050-0000

Installs easily into the Fendall 1000. Purified cartridge!  
Regular Price: $209.00
Just Reduced: $189.00
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Fendall 2000 Sterile Eyewash Station # 32-0020000-0000

Fendall 2000 Sterile Cartridge Unit with Alarm - 32-002000-0000

Slim design sterile cartridge system. Easy maintenance! 
Regular Price: $469.00
Just Reduced: $409.00
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Fendall 2000 Sterile Eyewash Cartridge - # 32-ST2050-0000

Fendall 2000 Sterile Cartridge - 32-ST2050-0000

Quick installation into the Fendall 2000. Factory sealed! 
Regular Price: $350.00

Best Plumbed Wall-Mounted Deals

Select Safety highly recommends these 4 wall mounted plumbed eye wash stations.  They are popular sellers because of their quality and price!  If you have the plumbing in place or the option to install it, then a plumbed unit can be an ideal option. The Speakman SE-580 is a basic plastic model with standard flushing heads, the Haws 7260 features the Axion MSR flushing with an antimicrobial head and Speakman’s Optimus SE-1000 is an Eye/Face Wash Unit that is ADA Compliant.  The Opti Klens 1M offers a stainless steel bowl at an exceptionally good price! 

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Speakman SE-580 Eyewash Station Wall Mounted w/Plastic Bowl

Speakman SE-580 Wall Mounted Eye Wash W/ Plastic Bowl

A high quality unit at the best price! Quick delivery! 
Regular Price: $293.00
Most Popular: $198.00
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Haws AXION MSR™ ABS Plastic Eye/Face Wash, Model 7260B

Haws 7260B AXION MSR™ ABS Plastic EyeFace Wash

Features the AXION eyewash antimicrobial head. 
Regular Price: $335.00
On Sale For: $265.00
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Speakman Optimus SE-1000 Eye and Face Wash Station

Speakman Optimus SE-1000 Eye and Face Wash Station

Can be installed at standard or ADA required height! 
Regular Price: $319.00
On Sale For: $239.00
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Opti Klens Stainless Steel Eyewash Station 1M

Opti Klens 1M Stainless Steel Eyewash Station

A stainless steel bowl at the price of a plastic one! 
Regular Price: $265.00
Just Reduced: $225.00

Customer Favorite Faucet Style

A Faucet Eyewash is ideal for environments where the eyewash is able to be positioned on a sink.  This type will keep your workplace compliant while not taking up too much space. There are two styles to choose from: One type easily screws onto the tip of an existing faucet such as the Opti-Klens eyewash and the Haws eye-POD. The other type is a complete unit with the faucet and eyewash combined such as the Speakman SEF-1800.  This type will replace your existing faucet. Need help with your decision?  Contact us at 866-864-3495!

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Opti-Klens lE Eyewash W/ Eliminator Valve - Faucet Eyewash For Sinks and Laboratories

Opti-Klens lE Faucet Mounted Eyewash W/ Eliminator Valve

Attaches easily to almost any faucet in minutes! 
Regular Price: $98.00
Just Reduced: $89.00
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Haws 7620 AXION eyePOD™ Faucet Mounted Unit

Automatically shuts off at 100 degrees to prevent scalding 
Regular Price: $265.00
On Sale For: $198.00
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Speakman Eyewash Eyesaver Faucet SEF-1800 ANSI Z358.1 Eyewash

Speakman SEF-1800 Eyesaver Faucet/Eyewash

Complete faucet and eyewash unit, all-in-one! 
Regular Price: $816.00
On Sale For: $550.00
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Speakman SEF-1850 Combination Eye Wash and Lab Faucet

Speakman SEF-1850 Combination Eye Wash and Lab Faucet

Newest addition to Speakman's faucet combination units 
Regular Price: $754.00
On Sale For: $520.00

Perfect For The Lab

These four lab units are perfect for a laboratory.  They are easy to install and won’t take up a lot of space which is ideal for a laboratory environment. There are swing away models that mount on the side of the deck or counter or swing down units that attach to the back of the sink.  We also have wall mounted units.  Contact us to find the best one for your environment and space!

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Haws Swing-Away Sink Mounted Eye/Face Wash Station -7612 & 7612LH

Haws 7612 Swing-Away Sink Mounted Eye/Face Wash

Offered in Right or Left Hand Operation 
Regular Price: $425.00
On Sale For: $363.37
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Speakman SE-573 Sink Mounted Eye/Face Wash

Speakman SE-573 Sink Mounted Eye/Face Wash

Simply pull down over sink to activate 
Regular Price: $514.00
On Sale For: $369.15
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Speakman SE-572 Counter Top Mounted Eyewash Station

Speakman SE-572 Counter Top Mounted Eyewash Station

Swivels into position over sink with push handle activation 
Regular Price: $469.00
On Sale For: $304.85

Ideal for Freezing & Cold Environments

If your eye wash stations are going to be installed in a cold or freezing environment, the flushing fluid should be heated in order to be ANSI-Z358.1 compliant.  This standard requires the flushing fluid to be between 60 and 100 Fahrenheit.  Heated eye wash stations are ideal for outdoor areas or cold indoor environments.  They keep the temperature in compliance so that workers can comfortably flush the contaminates from the eye for a full 15 minutes.

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Speakman SE-4330 Heated GravityFlo Portable Eyewash Station

Speakman SE-4330 Heated GravityFlo Portable Eyewash Station

Regular Price: $1,970.00
On Sale For: $1,280.50
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Fendall Heated Porta Stream lll Portable Eyewash Station 32000310000

Fendall Freeze Protected Heated Porta Stream lll Portable - 32000310000

Best heated unit for the harshest weather! 
Regular Price: $1,597.35
BLOWOUT PRICE!!: $1,425.00
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Encon  01104070 Heated Eye Wash Station

Encon Heated Gravity Fed Unit With Thermal Cover - 01104070

Class 1, Division 2 Unit with thermal cover 
Regular Price: $2,134.45
On Sale For: $1,895.00
Encon AQ100H130 Aquarion Portable Eye Wash with Heated Option

Encon Aquarion Portable with Heated Option - AQ100H130

Only heated cartridge unit with heated jacket available today 
Regular Price: $3,812.00
On Sale For: $2,599.00


Do you need help choosing the best type of eye wash station?  Read our guide to give you a better understanding about the different types of units and how to choose one!

How To Choose One 

o your employees know how to use an eyewash station? They should be trained so that they know the basic procedure before an accident happens.

How To Use One


The ANSI Z358.1-2014 Standard sets fourth guidelines to follow for proper location and placement of this safety equipment.   Each type of OSHA & ANSI compliant station has a different maintenance schedule that ensures the unit is in proper working order in case of emergency.  There are plumbed eyewash stations which draw tap water from the pipes in a building and portable eye wash stations that are self-contained with their own solutions that do not require the use of water plumbed-in from your building.

ANSI Z358.1-2014 Standard
  • They should be installed at "accessible" locations and reachable within ten seconds
  • Both plumbed and self-contained units should deliver a 15 minute continuous flow
  • These units should be installed wherever caustic or hazardous substances are present
  • Check all relevant MSDS sheets at your facility to determine if the chemical or substance requires 15 minute eye flushing
  • They should have an on-off valve that activates within one second or less with a single motion
  • This safety equipment must be located in an area free of obstructions because this could inhibit immediate use
  • Flushing fluid temperature should be between 60º F and 100ºF.
For more detail of the ANSI Standard Requirements, click here on our article: What OSHA and ANSI Say...

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