Emergency Eyewash Station

Published: | Updated: February 20, 2019

Definition - What does Emergency Eyewash Station mean?

An emergency eyewash station is a portable or permanent station for the exclusive purpose of rinsing the eyes after worksite contamination. Stations allow employees to make use of on the spot decontamination within seconds of exposure. In many industries, eye wash stations are essential compliments to such personal protective equipment as goggles, and face shields. Emergency eyewash stations are fitted with a flushing fluid that has been found to be a medically acceptable means of flushing contaminants from the eye.

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Safeopedia explains Emergency Eyewash Station

Emergency eyewash stations may use potable water, saline solution that has been preserved and buffered or preserved water as a flushing fluid. The equipment installed should provide fluid for flushing for a minimum of 15 minutes. Eyewash stations should be confined to the flushing of the eyes and face only, while emergency showers should be used for larger exposure emergencies. The station should allow the flushing fluid to be applied to both eyes at the same time. The velocity of the flush should not be too much that it actually causes harm to the eye.

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