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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.

Eye Protection

Eye Protection

Following the ANSI Z87.1 Standard for eye protection is not costly when compared to the cost of a worker losing vision in their eyes in a work-related incident.

The proper eye protection can save a worker’s site in many situations on the job.  It can also prevent a business from incurring large medical and legal expenses, fines and penalties, and lost production time.  It is important that an employer train workers to wear safety glasses or goggles when there are hazards on the job that could cause injury to the eyes.  There are many types of protective eyewear that can be purchased that can fit the needs of each individual in a workplace. 

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Why Wear Safety Glasses and Goggles?

OSHA requires that eye and face protection be worn when an assessment of the workplace determines that hazards exist that could cause injuries to the eyes.   The regulation that refers to eye protection is CFR 1910.133. ANSI sets the standard (Z87.1) for the performance requirement of protective eyewear.

  • Eye Injuries: Eye injuries can cause blindness or permanent disability but can be prevented if workers wear eye protection.

  • Employers Responsibilities to Prevent Eye Injuries: Employers have the responsibility to access the hazards in the workplace that employees are exposed to on the job.  This assessment will determine the best eye protection for their employee’s needs.  Employers need to be sure that workers are properly trained in the use and the importance of wearing safety glasses, goggles, and face shields.

  • Employees/Workers Responsibility to Protect Their Eyes: Employees have to be sure that they wear their safety glasses and goggles.  It’s important that they know that according to the Bureau of Labor statistics 60% of workers that suffer an eye injury were not wearing protective eyewear and 40% of the ones who were wearing safety glasses and goggles were wearing the wrong kind.

  • Prescription Eyeglass Wearers: There is Eye and Face Protection that can be worn over eyeglasses or prescription lenses can be incorporated right in the safety glasses or goggles.

  • Contact Lens Wearers: Workers that wear contacts should wear safety glasses and goggles and always have an extra pair of contacts available or a pair of prescription glasses.

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