The placement of the eyewash station within a workshop is crucial for ensuring its effectiveness in an emergency. According to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard Z358.1, which provides the most widely accepted guidelines, there are several key considerations for installing an eyewash station:
The eyewash station should be installed within a 10-second walk (approximately 55 feet) of hazardous areas. This allows for quick access in the event of an emergency. However, the actual distance can vary depending on the layout and hazards present in the specific workplace.
The path to the eyewash station should be free of obstructions. Workers should be able to reach the station quickly and easily, even if their vision is impaired. This means there should be no doors, turns, stairs, or other potential barriers between the hazardous area and the eyewash station.
The eyewash station should be clearly marked with highly visible signage and should be located in a well-lit area. This allows workers to easily locate and access the station in an emergency.
The eyewash station should be on the same level as the hazardous materials, meaning workers should not need to navigate stairs or ramps to reach it.
If you’re using a faucet-mounted eyewash station like the Runwangda Company S19-200B Faucet Mount Eyewash Station, it should be installed on a sink that’s close to the areas where hazardous materials are used. However, the sink should not be used for other purposes that could obstruct access to the eyewash station.
The eyewash station should be installed in a manner that allows the water to flow in the correct direction (downward) when in use.
Remember, the eyewash station must be installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and ANSI Z358.1 guidelines. It’s also important to train workers on the location and proper use of the eyewash station.