August 15, 2008, Newsletter Issue #89: What Is An Eyewash Station?

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Industrial workshops and military repair depots safety tools will include a specialized fountain station designed for eye mishaps involving chemicals. These eyewash stations are built for easy access in case a worker's eyes need to be flushed as part of a first aid procedure, or "just in case".

Most private workshops don't need the expense of one of these customized eyewash fountains, but it's important to have some kind of means to flush out someone's eyes in the event of an accident. If you have a sink installed in your shop, this is a simple thing--just attach a rubber hose to a faucet, and you have a directional flow of water that can be used in exactly the same way. If you don't have a water line in your shop, it's very important to keep at least two very large bottles of ordinary saline, the same kind contact lens wearers use. When flushing the eyes, you need enough solution for a prolonged rinse, or at least enough to last until you can get the injured person to a constant flow of water. Some substances require ten minutes or more of continuous flushing before relief becomes apparent, so having a large supply of saline is a very good idea.

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