04 Apr

Emergency Eyewash Stations

Emergency Eyewash Stations.  One of those things that we all notice when we walk by one in a factory or warehouse environment and hope you never need.  They do come in many configurations and I was curious if I would know how to use it in an critical situation.  So here we go.

  • The model on the left delivers purified, contaminant-free saline solution from a sealed, integrated delivery module.  It works off of a fluid pressure balancing system that provides constant flow and stream height for 15-minutes which is the recommended flushing period.  This model is portable or wall-mountable and does not require plumbing.  When purchasing an eyewash station, you do want to be sure that it meets ANSI Z358.1 standards.  One thing that I was not aware of, when purchasing eyewash stations that are not connected to plumbing, the solution is often sold separate from the wall-mount display.  This includes units with squeeze bottles as pictured below.  Let me say this again, in many cases,  SOLUTION NEEDS TO BE PURCHASED SEPERATE FROM THE HOLDER.  You definitely want to be aware of this. 

Wall Mounted, direct plumbing Wash Stations like the one on the right, Feature two Spray Heads.  This unit will quickly and gently rinses contaminants away.  It comes with a low-density polyethylene filter to remove scale, deposits, and debris and keeps water line impurities out of the user’s eyes.  Ouch!  Talk about adding insult to injury.  The eye wash is activated by a push handle and requires Heavy-duty pipe and fittings that are resistant to corrosion.   Of course it too has to be ANSI compliant.  A sign stating ANSI  Compliant is included with this model.

As always, we encourage you to give our knowledgeable staff a call or shoot us an email with any questions that you may have.

Stephen Gonshorek.