‘Safety first is safety always’ is an old adage. Hence, the duty of every citizen is to comply with the environmental sustainance guidelines like usage of spill kits and Emergency Showers and Eyewash Stations.
Emergency Showers and Eyewash Stations – what are these
These safety showers or stations are located in the hallways or rooms for flushing off any chemical spillage, either placed combined or separately located.
The procedure to use an eyewash station is effortless and self-administered
On the account of any chemical contamination, the eyewash station having lukewarm water should be used immediately and flushed continuously; with a flow rate of 20 gallons/ minute whilst holding the eyes widely open with the fingers. If a serious injury occurs, medical help is required.
For the effectiveness of emergency showers and eyewash stations, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has prescribed a limit of 15 minutes.
The area around the emergency shower and eyewash stations is supposed to be clear as obstructed vision is obvious. Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) performs the examination of these stations in every summer to check whether there is proper flushing and that there is stagnated water and dirt. They also conduct weekly examinations with the aid of lab occupants. Self testing of the nozzles is an important tool for assessment which includes equal stream flow being 6’’ long crossing at the apex and mounting at the centre and tall enough to reach up to the eyes of the people.
The varieties of eyewash stations available
All emergency stations are either plumbed or portable. ANSI-acquiescent emergency response portable eyewash is needed for locations where water is inaccessible as it is flexible and adaptable to the needs. Portable eyewash stations available are gravity-fed, air-pressurized with personally squeezed bottles.
Spill kits available on the go
The oil spill kit is used for the hydrocarbons, solvents and organic liquids; the chemical spill response kits for cleaning up of the abrasive chemicals and hazardous liquids; and the maintenance spill kits for hydrocarbons, non-abrasive liquids. All these have to be maintained well so that they can be used for public in case of emergency. Precisely, the spill response kits are designed for cleaning the hazardous spills, cleanup, covering bench tops in accordance with the spill as well as wiping the spillage area. An area is also designated for the not-in-use kits in time of emergency, termed as spill kit stencilling.