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Eye Wash Station Required?

Q: We recently moved our office location. I work in an orthopedic practice that just converted to digital x-ray. At our previous location, with analog x-ray it was imperative that we have an eyewash station in case of an emergency. Since we are now use digital x-ray and have no dangerous chemicals, is it still necessary to have an eyewash station?

Your advice is appreciated. It is good to know based on the latest OSHA Watch that prior to moving we had everything right and I certainly want to continue to follow all OSHA standards.

A: Thank you for asking about the need for an eyewash station in your orthopedic practice since you switched to digital imaging. As long as there are no hazardous chemicals at the new location, AND you do not work with blood or body fluids there, then no eyewash station is needed.

However, before you make that decision, walk through every area of your practice and search for hazardous chemicals. Also, do you cut casts in any area? That's definitely a place where an eye injury could occur.

I'm glad to hear you find our OSHA materials helpful. Please don't hesitate to contact us should you have any more questions. Good luck at your new facility!

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Posted by Quality America on September 19, 2007 | Comments (2)

Comments

We are currently updating our exposure plan and we have a question. Is there a standard on eye wash stations for dental offices? Like type or time eye should be flushed. Thanks for information.

Posted by: Michele Aanenson at September 26, 2007 04:31 PM

Eye wash stations need to be within 100 feet or a 10 second walk and on the same level (i.e. floor of the building) as the work areas where an exposure could take place. If blood/OPIMS or chemicals get in the eyes they should generally be flushed for 15 minutes with tepid water. Certain chemicals may have different time requirements, use the guidance in the MSDS for the specific chemical involved.

Check out these other OSHAlert Blog posts for more information:

http://www.quality-america.com/blog/2007/09/squeeze_bottle_eyewash_ok.html

http://www.quality-america.com/blog/2007/02/new_single_use_eyewash_station.html

http://www.quality-america.com/blog/2007/01/acceptable_distance_to_eyewash.html

Posted by: Sarah Alholm at October 1, 2007 05:19 PM




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