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Eyewash Station  (6 Products)
OSHA requires specific industries to install eyewash stations as immediate first aid drenching and flushing treatments for eyes that come into contact with corrosive liquids or hazardous particles. The stations come in different styles, including portable, modular, and fixed, permanent units. Each provides a sophisticated, hygienic eye cleansing system, yet they are easy to install and use. Read More
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Where eyewash stations are necessary

Eye-flushing systems are pieces of eye protection equipment that give workers emergency first aid eye treatment in OSHA-specified industries, such as pulp, paper, and paperboard manufacturing and formaldehyde, anhydrous ammonia, and other hazardous-material storage and handling. Eyewash stations should also be available in laboratory clean rooms and pharmaceutical units.

The key function of eyewash stations

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) develops operational guidelines for eye protection equipment like face shields. It advises that eye-cleansing units be able to flush 0.4 gallons of water each minute at a pressure of 30 psi for 15 consecutive minutes. Two eye-flushing systems are acceptable: plumbed, permanent stations that connect to a fixed source of potable water and gravity-fed, portable self-contained stations with tank systems containing water and an antibacterial agent to maintain water sterility.

Plumbed eye-flushing systems

Plumbed systems have two upward-facing faucets with spray heads that shoot a gentle, deliberate flow of aerated water into the face. Some faucets have internal control valves that open and close by swinging the faucet arms horizontally. Other faucets are fixed in place, with valves that open and close with flag handles or pull-push knobs. The heads normally have flip-top dust covers to prevent impurities from entering the system externally. Internal filters maintain the purity of the flushing water.

Eye-flushing systems mount to the sides of existing sinks or come as wall-mounted, stand-alone units or pedestal stand-alone units. Modular conversions are available for existing faucets and sinks, including laboratory arrangements. Stand-alone units have either stainless steel or ABS plastic basins, normally with stainless steel covers to inhibit an accumulation of contaminants.

Portable units

Self-contained tanks go in hazard areas both indoors and outdoors. Most are resistant to thermal extremes, and they offer other quality features:

  • Pressure regulator to control eyewash flow
  • Onboard thermostat to monitor water temperature
  • Ground fault circuit interrupter for emergency shutoff
  • Pressure gauge and pressure relief valve
  • Built-in carrying handles

Construction

As with many medical care supplies, eyewash stations are resistant to corrosive and other elements that may compromise their functionality. Most stations consist of Type 316 stainless steel, with Schedule 40 galvanized steel pipes and fittings. Valves are IPS stainless steel, chrome-plated brass, or forged brass with PTFE-coated, Teflon® seals. Many have internal flow controls and inline strainers to maintain water purity, while some come with thermostatic mixing valves to deliver water at the perfect temperature for cleansing.

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