When you’re working with noxious substances, it’s essential for work safety that you provide the means for your workers to clean their eyes or skin if an accident occurs. This can make all the difference between a minor short-term injury and permanent damage. All eye wash and emergency shower equipment that we stock is compliant with EN 15154 regulations.
Eye wash bottles are easy to position wherever they can be reached most quickly in an emergency, and can provide immediate relief. Eye wash stations can be mounted on the wall in work areas or just outside of them to provide an easily identified help point where eyes can be cleaned. Emergency showers can be used quickly and easily in the event of skin or work clothing coming into contact with hazardous materials.
Their presence helps to give workers peace of mind and contributes to environmental protection by reducing the risk of secondary contamination.
Should an accident occur despite all other safety precautions, eye/face wash stations and emergency combination showers are a necessity. Additional remedial measures also need to be initiated immediately to keep possible damage to a minimum.
Eye showers are fixed in the workplace or in its immediate vicinity. Different models for wall mounting or table mounting made of different materials are available.
The protection of eyes and body is of particular importance when dealing with hazardous substances. If an emergency occurs despite all preventive measures, the eye wash and emergency shower for first aid must be available quickly. Further assistance should be taken as soon as possible to minimize the damage. Eye wash bottles can be stored directly at each workstation. Further safety is provided by stationary eye showers, body showers or combined systems.
It is not always possible to use a permanently installed emergency shower. Eye wash bottles are recommended, among other things, for rooms where there is no constant work (eg battery rooms or construction sites). With eyewash bottles, the care of an injured person can be ensured within the important first seconds. An eyewash bottle with 500 ml content is enough for a 4-minute flush. To ensure longer rinsing time, additional eye wash bottles should be available or a nearby eye-water connected to the water network should be used. Eye wash bottles have one or two ergonomically shaped eye cups. These provide for opened eyelids during the rinsing process so that the sterile rinsing fluid can reach the injured eye directly. The rinsing solution used is saline (sodium chloride) in 0.9% concentration. The solution is pH-neutral and suitable for neutralizing acids.
Not only in the case of chemical burns on the eyes (for example due to contact with acids or alkalis) immediate rinsing with an emergency shower is necessary to avoid lasting damage. Basically, a flushing time of 20 minutes is recommended. In order to minimize possible contamination of the body, full-body showers are also used for quick first aid after accidents. They are characterized by their easy operation. Your advantages depending on the version: