Check your stopwatch to measure eyewash station needs
The topic of eyewash stations comes up a lot.
In general, the OSHA medical services and first aid standard requires eyewash stations in locations in which there is a risk of accidental exposure to corrosive or caustic materials.
There are definitely specific environments—high-level disinfection and processing areas for one—where I would be looking for eyewash stations, but only after looking at the chemicals involved.
The need to have an eyewash station in close proximity can be ascertained by looking at the chemical’s first aid instructions, either on the container or on the MSDS. If the first aid information indicates that an exposure to the eyes requires flushing for 15 or more minutes, then you need to have an eyewash station.
If the first aid instructions do not indicate a 15-minute or longer flush after exposure, then you do not “need” to have an eyewash station–though nothing’s stopping you from installing one.
By the way, those lovely little wall-mounted plastic bottles do not meet the standard for emergency eyewash as would be required for conditions noted above.
So, do you have hazardous substances requiring eyewash stations? If so what are they, and what safety measures do you have in place?