The ANSI Z358.1 - 2004 Standard mandates 15-minute primary eyewash devices â€œshall be in accessible locations that require no more than 10 seconds to reach.â€ Studies have shown that there are significant differences in the outcome of chemically burned eyes that received prompt irrigation compared with those that did not undergo immediate flushing. In cases where eyes were flushed promptly, patients required less surgery, had shorter hospital stays and made a more rapid recovery.
Most common hazards to be aware of that require 15-minute eye flushing units include, but are not limited to:
- Painting operations & solvents;
- Battery charging stations;
- Tool parts washers;
- Hazardous chemical storage;
- Chemical pumping and/or mixing area.
Standard saysâ€¦Important components of the ANSI Z358.1 â€“ 2004 standard to be aware of include:
In a recent release by OSHA, the list of top General Industry violations was published in its summary compilation for 2004. First Aid â€“ Eye Wash/Emergency Shower Availability and Proximity - ranked number five on the list.
Therefore, it is critical to understand the ANSI Z358.1-2004 standard in detail and ensure that your facility is not one of those in violation. Visit www.ansi.org for more complete and comprehensive ANSI Z358.1-2004 details.
And also, donâ€™t forget the importance of continuous irrigation after the 15-minute flush. Continuous irrigation should continue until the injured person is under the supervision of a medical professional. Personal devices such as a bottle of eyewash are satisfactory for this application during transport, but remember, full primary 15-minute flushing units are still the on-site requirement.