The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers provide employees with access to an eyewash station in any area where employees may be exposed to hazardous chemicals or other materials that could cause eye injury. The OSHA standard (29 CFR 1910.151) outlines the requirements for eyewash stations in the workplace, including:
Location: Eyewash stations must be located within 10 seconds or 55 feet of the hazard.
Design: Eyewash stations must be designed to direct a gentle stream of water to both eyes simultaneously.
Placement: Eyewash stations must be mounted at a height that is comfortable for the user and that does not require bending over or kneeling.
Maintenance: Eyewash stations must be inspected, maintained, and tested at least once a week to ensure proper operation.
Training: Employees must receive training on how to use eyewash stations in the event of an emergency.
Signage: There must be a sign posted near the eyewash station that clearly states its purpose.
Accessibility: Eyewash stations must be accessible at all times and be unobstructed by any objects or materials.
Protection: Eyewash stations must provide protection from contamination and must be located in an area that is well-ventilated and free of dust and dirt.
Water Supply: Eyewash stations must have a supply of water that meets the requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard.
The purpose of the OSHA requirements for eyewash stations is to ensure that employees have access to the appropriate equipment in the event of an emergency and to protect them from eye injuries. Employers must comply with the OSHA standards to ensure that their workplace is safe and that their employees are protected.