Employee safety is an essential part of delivering on your mission. Not only is it important to keep your teams safe for their own sake, but employee injuries can also impact your ability to serve your members and guests. These employee safety documents are designed to keep you informed on important employee safety topics. They can also be used to generate discussion at staff meetings to empower your staff to not only keep your members safe, but to keep themselves and their co-workers safe, too.
If you have ever experienced even the slightest pain in your eyes it’s not hard to imagine that eye injuries on the job can be extremely painful, and that the damage can be permanent and even result in vision loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are an average of 2,000 work-related eye injuries reported every day in the U.S., resulting from dangerous materials making contact with the eyes.
Because of the potential severity of this type of eye-related injuries, OSHA has adopted several regulations that refer to the use of emergency eyewash equipment. The primary regulation is contained in 29 CFR 1910.151 and requires that “…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.”
In order to prevent the occurrence of eye injuries due to splashing, make sure all staff are trained on the proper mixing, handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals, liquids and materials. Also, ensure that workers have access to and are using adequate protective eye gear when necessary. Be certain that employees not only know where eyewash stations are located, but also how to use eyewash/drench hoses properly. And as with the prevention of any workplace injury, it’s necessary to have a comprehensive emergency response plan in place.
Here’s what you need to know about eye wash station regulations and uses:
Note: Contact your Redwoods consultant for professional guidance on the placement and installation of units at your facility.
Note: Compliance requirements for eyewash stations vary from state to state. Be sure to check your state’s requirements to ensure that all of your eyewash units are installed properly and are up to code.
Please contact your Redwoods consultant for more information.