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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.

How to Use an Eyewash Station

How To Use An Eyewash Station

"When a chemical or irritant enters your eyes,
knowing how to properly flush them can save
your sight."

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Go Immediately to the Eyewash Station – Don’t Waste A Second!

If a chemical splashes in your eyes, time is of the essence.  GO immediately to the eyewash station which should be located within 10 seconds walking distance from you if you work with caustic chemicals.

Push the Lever to Activate the Unit

Push the lever- An ANSI compliant unit will activate with one single motion.  The dust covers will pop off and the flushing fluid will begin to flow out from the faucet heads.

Begin to Flush

Get your eyes directly in the stream of the flushing fluid- Immediately!

Hold Your Eyes Open with Your Fingers

An ANSI compliant unit will be hands free so that you do not have to hold the lever open.   Once activated, the unit will stay on.   Keep your eyes open by holding your eyelids apart with your fingers.

Roll Your Eyes

Gently roll your eyes from left to right and up and down to be sure that the fluid is flushing all of the areas of your eye.

Flush for a Full Fifteen Minutes

Continue Flushing your eyes for a full 15 minutes.  The temperature in an ANSI compliant eyewash will be between 60 and 100 degrees fahrenheit so that you will comfortably be able to continue flushing for the entire period of time.  This is important because you want to fully dilute the chemical and wash it out of your eyes.  Any time less than 15 minutes is NOT enough time to accomplish this.

Take Out Your Contacts

If you have contact lenses in your eyes, you can gently take them out while you are flushing. Don’t delay the flushing to take out your lenses but make sure that you take them out because they could trap the chemical in your eyes.

Seek Medical Help

After you have flushed, see a doctor to determine if anything more needs to be done for the preservation of your vision.

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