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If you are an employer in a hazardous workplace, owning or renting an Eyewash Trailer is critical. You should value your employees’ safety. Investing in an Eyewash Trailer will help you and your employees in the long run. Getting contaminants in your eyes is not just irritating. It can be incredibly dangerous. Usually water works well to flush out the eyes after contamination. However, not all workplaces have sinks close by. This is why eye wash trailers and stations are necessary. There are many different types of eye wash stations and trailers to meet your needs.
According to the CDC, around 2000 workers sustain a job-related eye injury every day. Nearly a third of these injuries require hospitalization. Many of them result in injuries that keep workers away from coming to work for one or more days. Having an eye wash trailer that meets national safety standards could prevent worker’s injuries.
The consequences of not following the guidelines of the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) are costly. OSHA set these standards to make sure workers can access immediate relief from workplace safety hazards and chemical burns that might cause blindness. OSHA is incredibly active in enforcing its requirements through issuing fines. In January 2020, OSHA updated its maximum penalties. If your company is found to willfully violate rules and standards, the fines could cost up to $135,000. This guide provides a comprehensive review of different national safety standards.
Eye Wash Trailers for OSHA Requirements
Does your construction or work site expose workers to corrosive materials? OSHA requires you to provide emergency eyewashes and showers. This is according to 29 CFR 1910.151(c). The regulation says “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.”
According to OSHA, workers must be able to access an eyewash station within 10 seconds of exposure. Most safety professionals agree that the “10-second rule” means approximately 55 feet. Ten seconds could mean the difference between a treatable eye injury and blindness. Easy access to eyewash trailers is incredibly important. For someone experiencing chemical burns to the eyes, one second can feel like an eternity. With every second that passes, the intensity of the burn may increase. Further delay could cause severe injuries to body tissue, eyes, and skin. Workers should be able to activate the eye wash unit in no more than one second. The eye wash must dispense tepid water. Considering the fluid will flow rapidly into the eye, it cannot be too hot or too cold. This means it must be between 60 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
OSHA also regulates the minimum pressure during operation. It sets requirements for corrosion resistance and the height of the fluid flow. For units that combine drench showers and eyewashes, both must work at the same time. An eyewash trailer should allow hands-free rinsing. Usually stay-open ball valves assist with this.
Workplace employers must also ensure that eyewash stations have highly visible safety signs. Proper lighting must be in place. There should be absolutely no obstructions in the travel path to the wash stations. If your eyewash stations have shut-off valves, you must ensure that unauthorized shut-off is not possible. Employers may do this with tag-outs or lock-outs. All Eyewash stations must include dust caps to keep contaminants out. Especially the outlet heads.
Eyewash Trailers for ANSI Requirements
In addition to OSHA requirements, employers must also follow requirements set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Many of these standards echo OSHA requirements. They say that eye wash stations must:
- Be within a 10-second work from hazards
- Remain at level with the hazard. Workers should not need to walk up or downstairs, ladders, or traverse obstacles or roadways.
- Activate in one second or less with only a single motion
- Contain no obstructions to access
- Be highly visible and identified with a sign.
- Produce a continuous flow of tepid fluid for 15 minutes.
According to the ANSI, “hazardous materials” means anything that is caustic. It also includes substances and compounds that might produce adverse effects on the health and safety of humans. For more information, the resource recognized as the most authoritative is W. Morton Grant’s Toxicology of the Eye. This book discusses potential chemical exposures to the eyes. It also provides instructions on how to properly install eyewash facilities.
- The ANSI requires all of the following workplaces to provide eyewash stations:
- Battery charging stations
- Storage facilities that house hazardous chemicals
- Chemical mixing and/or pumping sites
- Workplaces that contain chemicals that come with SDS eyewash requirements.
- Tool part washers
What is an Eyewash Trailer?
An Eyewash Trailer is a portable eyewash station. Many contain shower units as well. This gives you the best of both worlds. In the event one of your workers experiences contamination to both the eyes and skin, an easily accessible shower could prevent severe injuries. An emergency shower, also known as a safety shower, releases a stream of water. It flushes out the contaminated area. Many contain both hand and foot controls.
Eye wash stations should dispense water, or preferably eye saline. Eye saline is the same pH as tears in human eyes. It also contains preservatives that prevent bacterial growth. Tap water is a bit less safe as it can sometimes contain chlorine and other chemicals. Unknown chemicals could further irritate eyes. It also might lead to bacterial growth. Whereas tap water supplies must be replaced weekly, saline solutions need to be replaced only every six months.
Contact Target Industries Today!
If you’re not sure whether or not you’re meeting OSHA and ANSI requirements, ask us! We can advise you on safety protocols and compliance. Speak to one of the professionals at Target Industries today. You can reach our Shreveport office at 318-688-1485 or our West Texas Office at 432-299-3900. Prefer to write to us? You can contact us through the contact form on our website.