Emergency Eyewash and Shower Use
Posted July 20, 2020
Accidental exposure to irritating, corrosive, or hazardous substances can lead to skin irritation and burns, temporary or permanent vision damage, or blindness. If employees are working with chemicals, they need to know the risks involved, how to protect themselves, and how to get first aid and medical care.
To get first aid after direct contact with a hazardous chemical, employees will need to know how to use emergency eyewash and shower equipment.
In addition to knowing the location of emergency eyewashes and showers, employees should understand:
- How and when to use an eyewash or safety shower, including the importance of opening the eyes when flushing them with water;
- The chemical hazards at the worksite that may cause them to need an eyewash or safety shower;
- How and to whom to report incidents requiring an emergency eyewash or safety shower; and
- Any inspection and maintenance procedures they may be expected to perform regarding eyewashes and showers.
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