Most safety managers are familiar with the basic requirements for primary emergency eyewash stations. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z358.1 calls for primary stations to be located within a 10-second unobstructed path of the chemical and capable of delivering a 15-minute flush to both eyes with tepid fluid.
When injury to the eyes occurs, every second counts. Flushing the eyes immediately is the single most effective way to remove harmful substances and ensure the best possible outcome. If treatment is delayed — even by seconds — the effects can escalate from a temporary condition to permanent blindness.