Locate the eyewash station in your lab before an emergency arises. Keep the area around the eyewash station clear for easy access during an emergency.
Use an eyewash station in the event of chemical exposure to the eyes. If possible, someone should assist the injured person. Report all exposures and injuries to a supervisor. Click here to view a demonstration of how to use an eyewash during an emergency.
It is important that laboratory staff test eyewash stations at least monthly. Testing will reveal any plumbing problems, reduce sediment buildup in the lines, and flush microorganisms from the line.
Document the test on the Safety Equipment Test Record tag, available through EH&S, or by another method that works for you. Contact Facilities Planning and Management (FP&M) at (515)294-5100 if the eyewash does not work properly.