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Eyewash station weekly checklist

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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