The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the United States does not provide specific requirements for eyewash station testing. However, they refer organizations to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard Z358.1 for guidance.
Here are the key requirements from ANSI Z358.1 regarding eyewash station testing:
Eyewash stations should be activated weekly to verify proper operation and to ensure that the flushing fluid is available. This weekly check also helps to clear the line of any sediment buildup that could prevent the station from working correctly or potentially contaminate the flushing fluid.
An annual comprehensive review is required to certify eyewash stations are fully compliant with all performance requirements laid out in the ANSI Z358.1 standard. These requirements include:
Remember, documentation of these weekly activations and annual inspections is crucial. It is recommended to maintain records of these tests to demonstrate compliance during safety audits and inspections.
Always refer to the most recent version of ANSI Z358.1 and your local regulations to ensure compliance, as standards can be updated over time.