What does Osha require for emergency eye washes and showers? How do you do to Audit those Eye Wash Stations?
Posted on Friday, October 12 2018 04:56:00 AM in Safety Equipment by Valerie Boyd
So because we have a new product that helps you keep things straight and organized and on track for any OSHA inspections- I started looking around at what is required for Emergency Eye Wash stations and showers- this is what I found.
"The OSHA requirements for emergency eye washes and showers, found at 29 CFR 1910.151(c), specify that "where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use. As the standard states, an eyewash and/or safety shower would be required where an employee's eyes or body could be exposed to injurious corrosive materials. If none of the materials used in this work area is an injurious corrosive [chemical] (as indicated by the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each product), then an emergency eyewash or shower would not be required pursuant to 1910.151(c).
While not having the force of a regulation under the OSHA Act, the current ANSI standard addressing emergency eyewash and shower equipment (ANSI [Z]358.1-2004) provides for eyewash and shower equipment in appropriate situations when employees are exposed to hazardous materials. ANSI's definition of "hazardous material" would include caustics, as well as additional substances and compounds that have the capability of producing adverse effects on the health and safety of humans. ANSI's standard also provides detail with respect to the location, installation, nature, and maintenance of eyewash and shower equipment. You also may wish to consult additional recognized references such as W. Morton Grant's Toxicology of the Eye (Charles C Thomas Pub. Ltd., 4th edition, August 1993) when considering potential chemical exposures to the eye and the appropriateness of installing eyewash facilities to protect employees against hazards associated with particular chemicals and substances.
Colorado Safety now is offering a weekly audit checklist for plumbed-in eye wash stations and safety showers. It is also used for portable units. the checklist incorporates ANSI Z358.1.
Like all the checklists we have available, along with the yellow status indicator paddle, the record keeping and visual display is unique to this product and helps safety mangers ensure eye wash audits are taking place each week. It also demonstrates to everyone on site that the weekly audit has happened and the eye wash station/shower is safe to use!
Yeah!! It is great when there are things to make your daily lives Easier-