Ask the expert: Flush time for exposure to eyes

By: April 16th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: Is there a recommended flush time when using the emergency eyewash station?

A: For hazardous chemicals, consult the material safety data sheet (MSDS) for flush time for that specific substance. For example, the MSDS for glutaraldehyde says “flush eyes with water and continue washing for at least 15 minutes.”

For blood or OPIM exposure to the eyes, there is no specific time give to flush or irrigate the eyes, according to the NIOSH  Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Web page.

Make sure your emergency eyewash station can accommodate the hands-free flush times for the hazardous substances in that immediate area of the workplace.

Click here for an archive of OSHA Healthcare Advisor posts on emergency eyewash stations in healthcare facilities.

Also, download the Emergency Eyewash Standard overview and Emergency Eyewash Station Log under the hazard communication heading on the Tools page.

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By Scott Wallask on April 16th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

To take the eyewash station issue a bit further, we’ve got a post on our Mac’s Safety Space blog that discusses whether you even need an eyewash station (good comments, too): http://blogs.hcpro.com/hospitalsafety/2010/01/eyewash-stations-hinge-on-chemical-use-as-opposed-to-a-wholesale-requirement/

Thanks, Scott Wallask, HCPro

 

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