Accidents Can Happen – And Eyewash Stations Need to be Quickly Found
Emergency eyewash signs help employees to find this important equipment when accidental exposure to harmful chemicals occurs. Time is of the essence when a person needs to use an eyewash station, as injuries could be severe.
Better Eyewash Station Signs and Placement Rules
Because of our involvement with writing the ISO standards for safety signs, we understand how safety equipment location sign systems are meant to be designed and installed. Picture the risk situation you’re trying to address. There is an immediate need to find the eyewash stations in your lab, your plant’s maintenance department or in your forklift battery charging area. The optimum situation is that the emergency eyewash station is situated where everyone in every corner of that area can see the equipment, or see the sign mounted above the equipment. But obstacles, partitions, posts and corners in rooms exist. So the best safety practice is as follows:
- Post an emergency eyewash sign above the actual equipment.
- Then install directional versions of the same sign (which point toward the direction to the equipment) wherever people cannot actually see the equipment or the “above-the-equipment” sign.
We carry all the variations you need for each of these types of signs.
OSHA Rules on Eyewash Stations
The OSHA regulation for eyewash station safety signs reads as follows:
1910.151 C Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use.
1910.1200(b)(3)(ii) Employers shall maintain any material safety data sheets that are received with incoming shipments of hazardous chemicals, and ensure that they are readily accessible during each work shift to laboratory employees when they are in their work areas;