Eyewash station weekly checklist

By: July 5th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Here is a tip from the July issue of Medical Environment Update, which featured OSHA compliance and emergency eyewash stations in medical and dental practices.

Plumbed eyewash stations require weekly checks to be compliant with ANSI Z358.1-2009, which OSHA may reference during an inspection. Each week, check for the following:

  1. Access and signage. Eyewash stations must be easily identifiable and unobstructed.
  2. Operation. Turn on the station and check that:
    — The station activates easily with foot or one-handed control
    — The flow removes eyepiece covers
    — Water flows evenly in a steady stream from both eyepieces
  3. Flush. Run the station for three minutes to flush stagnant water from the line.
  4. Eyepiece cover disinfection. Rinse covers according to manufacturers’ instructions or with 10% bleach solution. Flush with water for 15 seconds, then replace.

Source: OSHA Program Manual, HCPro, 2011.

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Does this apply to like a 2 bottle eyewash station?

By David LaHoda on August 23rd, 2011 at 10:53 am

The weekly check items, as stated in the list, applies to plumbed eyewash stations.

For self-contained units as you describe, consult the manufacturer’s instructions.

By Jennie Love on July 27th, 2012 at 11:16 am

Does an eye wash station need to be in a designated “clean sink” or can it be in any sink. Some of our Labs only have one sink, so that sink is considered to be a dirty sink, so don’t know if we can have the eye wash station there or not.

By Aaron Williams on September 27th, 2015 at 8:46 pm

Same question as above – have one sink in a lab with one of the lab instruments draining into the sink.

Is it OK for this to also be the hand washing sink AND also used for the eye wash?

What is the major inspection difference for Bottle eyewash as compared to station eyewash?
What is one looking out for the bottle eyewash?

By Lisa Plevyak on March 6th, 2019 at 8:52 am

is it an OSHA/ANSI requirement to disinfect the eyewash head or a recommendation?


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