Emergency Eyewash Station Management

Who has the time to clean and manage their Emergency Eyewash Stations? More than likely, your time is best utilized elsewhere. Our experts are here to help!

We conduct a complimentary facility assessment to evaluate your environmental risk. We then recommend proper placement of eyewash stations throughout your worksite.

A Protect It service representative will install your eyewash stations and maintain them on a monthly basis if they are plumbed units or a quarterly basis if they are gravity-fed units.

The Importance of Emergency Eyewash Station Maintenance

Eyewash stations used in the workplace must be maintained to prevent illness and injury to workers.

Specifically, eyewash stations must be able to deliver tepid flushing fluid to the eyes not less than 1.5 liters per minute for 15 minutes with hands-free operation after initial deployment.

Whether the eyewash station is permanently connected to a source of potable water (i.e., plumbed) or has self-contained flushing fluid, improper maintenance may present health hazards that can worsen or cause additional damage to a worker’s eye.

Work Environments Required to House Eyewash Stations

Eyewash stations used in the workplace must be maintained to prevent illness and injury to workers.

  • Corrosive chemicals are used
  • HIV and HBV research laboratories and production facilities
  • Any environment where the possibility that an employee’s eyes may be splashed with solutions containing 0.1 percent or greater formaldehyde
  • Research and production labs
  • Medical facilities and other workplaces with materials that can cause injury to, or infection of, the eyes

Improperly Maintained Eyewash Stations Cause Infections

Water that has not been maintained in eyewash stations is more likely to contain infection-causing organisms that thrive in stagnant, untreated water. These organisms can come into contact with the eyes and skin, or can be inhaled.

Eyewash Station Maintenance: We Follow Best Practices

At Protect It, we know that it is not enough to simply install your eyewash stations and move on. There are important steps to make sure your stations are always in good working order.

  1. We complete a thorough draining, cleaning and replenishment of each gravity-fed station on a quarterly basis. A preservative solution is also added to ensure the water remains fresh until our next visit.
  2. The ANSI standard calls for a weekly activation of all plumbed eyewash and safety showers to confirm flushing fluid is available. This prevents sediment build up or contamination near the head of the equipment. We inspect and clean your plumbed units each month to ensure that they are in good working order.
  3. We complete a thorough draining, cleaning and replenishment of each gravity-fed station on a quarterly basis. A preservative solution is also added to ensure the water remains fresh until our next visit.

Following these best practices will ensure that your workers are safe, and you remain in compliance. We onboard and maintain existing eyewash stations, provide new stations, and manage all aspects of your eyewash program. Our trained representatives will ensure that your workplace is set up for safety success.


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