A number of workplaces contain hazards which are potentially dangerous to eyesight and therefore potentially extremely serious. But if your organisation has ready access to a supply of eyewash, it really can make a difference to how much long-term harm is done.
What do the rules say?
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations of 1981 clearly state that “where mains tap water is not readily accessible for eye irrigation, at least one litre of sterile water or sterile saline in disposable, sealed containers should be available”.
There are also other recommendations:
• Eye protection like safety glasses or goggles must be provided.
• Notices must show clearly where eyewash stations and safety showers are located.
• Eye wash kit and emergency shower facilities should be sited near the working area. Both need to be checked regularly to be sure that they are in working order, and particularly before any chemical handling and mixing takes place.
pH neutral eyewash solution is designed to neutralise alkalis and acid quickly, and to clean out contaminants effectively. Kits usually incorporate eye baths for lengthy, prolonged washing and these can also be used to deal with any chemical injuries which have affected the skin.
Administering Eye Wash
(The information below is clearly intended as guidance only and is not a substitute for recognised First Aid training.)
• Direct the solution towards the inner corner of the affected eye nearest the bridge of the nose.
• Move the head backwards so that the solution moves across the eye towards the outer corner.
• Keep washing until the eye has been completely irrigated – or until the arrival of professional medical assistance.
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So you can see that there are quite a few things to bear in mind when making provision to safeguard your employees’ eyes as part of your health and safety and First Aid arrangements.
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