How to Choosing and Use Emergency Eye Wash Safety Station Equipment

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How to Choosing and Use Emergency Eye Wash Safety Station Equipment

To determine whether a worksite requires emergency eyewash, assess the tasks performed and the hazards they may present. Flying objects, chemicals, harmful vapors and dust can enter the eye through activities such as chipping, grinding or sanding; degreasing, plating and working with blood; and woodworking and buffing.


Weigh your alternatives
For the purpose of this review, we will categorize the elements to consider into five groups, assuming that you’ve already made your choice between eyewash and eye/face wash:


1 Flow characteristics and pressure

2 Stream direction

3 Consider “high coverage” products

4 Construction and materials

5 Tepid water and engineered solutions

Thinking About a Portable Unit?

Portable Equipment Offer Various Choices to Fit Your Facilities Needs

  • Portable Units are versatile and can be placed near the hazards in your facility
  • They can be wall-mounted, rolled around on a cart or placed on a shelf
  • There are also pressurized tank units that are mobile enough to be used in a variety of work spaces and remote areas
  • Portable eyewash stations — Portable eyewash stations contain water, saline solution or 100 percent sterile saline, which is maintained at room temperature inside the unit. A monthly test of the flow thorugh the eyewash heads is necessary to ensure delivery performance. It also is important that the water is changed or treated, as it becomes impotable over time.

Mounting Considerations for Portable Units

  • Portable stations come in many shapes, styles and sizes. (Consider height, width and depth)
  • Measure the dimensions of the wall and depth of the area where the unit will be placed


Choose a Plumbed Unit?

Plumbed Units Become a Permanent Fixture in Your Facility

  • They are set up with the facilities plumbing

Stay Open Valves

  • These plumbed units must have a stay open valve that cannot be shut off unless it is shut off manually according to the ANSI standards

Bowl Material

  • Plumbed units can be purchased with plastic or stainless steel bowls


  • Wall mounted
  • A free standing pedestal
  • Faucet Mounted on a sink


Eye/Facewash  (Plumbed and Portable)

  • Flushes both the eyes and the face simultaneously

ADA Compliant Eyewash Stations  (Plumbed or Portable)

  • Able to be used for workers that have disabilities
  • Designed to be installed further from the wall for easy access of a wheel chair

Tank Style Units  (Portable)

  • Can either be a primary or supplemental unit
  • The primary units are ANSI compliant.  This type has two spray heads attached to the unit and enough fluid to provide a full 15 minute flushing of the eyes while a supplemental does not

Units for Cold Weather (Plumbed or Portable)

  • A heated station can provide workers with the proper flushing temperature even in a sub-zero environment
    • Portable Units contain a heater attached inside or outside the unit depending on the manufacturer
    • Plumbed Freeze Proof Units operate with a self- draining valve to keep the pipes from freezing
    • According to the ANSI Standard the flushing fluid should be between 60 and 100 degrees

Eye Washer:Performance parameters
Nominal pressure—-sealing pressure—-working pressure—-spraying flow l/min—-eye wash flow l/min applicable conditions

0.4MPA—–0.45MPA—-0.20~0.40MPA—-120-180 litres/min—-≥12 room temperature pure water or meet sanitary standards
Structural features 1. Adopt ball valve to control spray and wash eye respectively.
Convenient operation, fast opening and closing, reliable sealing.

Use suggestions
1. This product is used in environments above 0°C. If it is used below 0°C, antifreeze maintenance of pipelines is required;

2. Before installation, please flush the inlet pipe in advance;

 3. It is recommended to install the water inlet control valve in the inlet pipe. After use, close the inlet control valve first, and then close the eyewash valve after the water in the main body is exhausted.

Before use, open inlet control valve
1. When you need to shower, please pull down the shower switch handle, flush the valve open (opening angle 90 °), push up the shower switch handle, flush the valve closed. (The ball valve connecting rod is closed at 45° above the ball valve and 45° below is open)
2. If you need to wash your eyes, please push the clockwise direction to push the switch. Push the valve to open, pull the push plate counterclockwise, and close the valve.

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