Using Eyewashes and Emergency Showers (US)
There are a number of ways you can prevent chemical exposures. For instance, switching to maintenance-free batteries reduces the risk of sulfuric acid exposures that can occur during battery maintenance. Wearing personal protective equipment, or PPE, such as face shields, safety glasses or goggles and an apron can further protect your skin and eyes against exposure to chemicals should an accidental release occur. Unfortunately, no matter how many precautions you take, there is always some risk of exposure. When you've been exposed to a chemical, you can use eyewashes and emergency showers to flush contaminants from your eyes, face or body. Eyewashes and emergency showers are a form of first aid equipment that you can use in the event of an incident. Please note that they are not a substitute for safety precautions and good work practices. Your employer is responsible for making sure eyewashes and emergency showers are available when there is potential for you to be exposed to corrosives, strong irritants and other harmful chemicals.
2. Importance of Eyewashes and Emergency Showers
3. Recognizing Neglect
4. Correcting Problems
5. Best Practices
- Identify why it's important to have quick and easy access to eyewashes and emergency showers.
- Recognize eyewash and emergency shower neglect.
- Identify how to correct common eyewash and emergency shower problems.
- Explain how to safely use eyewashes and emergency showers.
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