Q&A: Emergency Eyewash Stations

The protection of workers’ eyesight is of utmost importance. For that reason, it is strongly recommended to install safety products such as eyewash stations near any activity requiring the use of hazardous materials or in very dusty workspaces.

Here are a few important details which will make you a matter expert.

Why use eyewash stations?

A hazardous material coming into contact with the eye can cause severe injuries. The first minutes are crucial. The eyewash station allows to flush out and decontaminate the eye directly on the site, near the workstation, thus reducing the risks of injuries or complications.

Where is the ideal spot?

The protective equipment must be installed as closely as possible to the risk. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recommends installing the protective equipment so every worker can access it within 10 seconds of the accident. Therefore, it must be installed 15 meters from the workstation or any harmful products.

Also, install signage to indicate the location of the eyewash station. The zone must be clutter-free and well-lit.

What criteria must be taken into consideration?

Eyewash stations must dispense the liquid to both eyes simultaneously. The user must be able to open their eyelids using their hands to remain in contact with the liquid. The station must be installed between 33 and 53 inches from the ground and have a flow rate of at least 1.5 liters per minute for a minimum of 15 minutes.

Finally, the device must be designed to be easily operated within one second and continue to flow automatically without the user needing to use the activation button.

What is the ideal water temperature?

When in contact with a chemical product, the eyes must be flushed for 15 minutes. The water must be at the right temperature to avoid complications. The ANSI recommends tepid water, between 16 and 38°C (60 and 100°F).

Water too hot may further the chemical reaction or cause complications, and water too cold can cause hypothermia.

Temperature and flow control faucets will ensure treatment stability and the affected worker’s comfort.

What about maintenance?

The ANSI recommends activating an eyewash station connected to sanitary facilities at least once a week. For portable eyewash stations, as the rinsing liquid is in limited quantity, it is essential to verify the level regularly to ensure it is filled at all times.

Products to ensure the safety of your workers

Honeywell proposes eyewash stations as well as related safety equipment. At SPI, find everything you need to ensure your workers’ safety.

Sperian Fendall Pure Flow 1000 Emergency Eyewash Station

The Fendall Pure Flow 1000 eyewash station delivers unequaled eyewash safety and reliability. The patented design provides a contaminant-free, physiologically correct saline solution and is superior to tap water for emergency eye care.
This eyewash station provides a constant flow rate and stream that provides 0.4 gpm for the entire 15-minute cycle required by the ANSI standard. The equipment doesn’t require expensive plumbing for a portable and affordable installation near high-risk work sites.

  • SPI product number: MW-1000
  • Wall mounting
  • No plumbing required
  • Color: green
  • Standard/Class: ANSI Z358.1

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Fendall 2000 Portable Eyewash Station

100% sterile portable eyewash station. The benefits of comfort, ergonomic design, and alarm contribute to the ensure compliance to the 15 minutes ANSI requirements.
The built-in alarm system sounds when the unit has been activated and again when the injured individual has completed the required 15-minute flush. The easy-view side windows to check the sterile solution expiration date and key contact information. The easy-to-install single cartridge offers IRF ESP technology with 100% sterile saline solution.

  • SPI product number: YDO051
  • Portable
  • No plumbing required
  • Color: green
  • Standard/Class: ANSI Z358.1-2004

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Honeywell Fendall 2000 Sterile Saline Solution Replacement Cartridge 

Compatible with the Fendall Pure Flow 1000 eyewash station and the Fendall 2000 portable eyewash station, the Fendall 2000 saline solution cartridges ensure indispensable flushing in case of emergency. The sterile and contaminant-free contaminant is superior to tap water and offers excellent protection against contaminants and bacteria that could cause secondary trauma to the injured eye.

  • SPI product number: YDO042
  • Compatible with the SPI product code: YDO029
  • Compatible with the SPI product code:  YDO051

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Honeywell Fendall Porta Stream II 16 gal. Eyewash Station

The Fendall Porta Stream II offers versatile portability and 15 minutes of uninterrupted flushing – without costly plumbing. Porta Stream’s simplicity of installation and operation has made it a popular choice.
Self-contained, it features a nozzle strap that is easily removed to activate flushing, leaving hands free to hold eyelids open. The system can be quickly and affordably placed near most workplace hazards with a single bracket mounting device or transported with a universal stand. The molded handle accepts hanging brackets for vertical or horizontal surface installation. A large 16 gallons (60.5 L) capacity allows thorough flushing by providing 0.4 gpm over the entire 15-minute flushing period required.

  • SPI product number: MW-32-000200
  • Portable
  • No plumbing required
  • Color: green
  • Standard/Class: ANSI Z358.1

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