Life-Saving Role of Eyewash Stations in Manufacturing Environments

Creating and maintaining a safe and healthful work environment is the responsibility of employers and employees. In many workplaces eye injuries are a common occurrence. Eye injuries may lead to severe trauma, pain, discomfort and even vision loss. Therefore, eye wash stations are significantly important in industries for ensuring the safety of workers who work with hazardous, corrosive substances. They allow workers to flush away hazardous substances and minimize the risk of chemical burns and other injuries. They serve as a first-aid device and provide quick and effective treatment for eye damage. This safety device must meet specific requirements and standards such as;

  • Location: It should be placed in a well-lit area within approximately 55 feet from the hazard. It must be marked with a highly visible sign that helps employees to reach promptly in an emergency.
  • Temperature of the Flushing Fluid: Water plays a vital role in the effectiveness of the eyewash process. The temperature should be tepid and fall between 60 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Water that is too hot or too cold can cause discomfort and burns.
  • Flow Rate Standards: Itmust provide a continuous flow rate of 0.4 gallons per minute for 15 minutes.
  • Maintenance and Testing: The eyewash station requires regular inspection, testing and maintenance to ensure that the unit is working properly. If it is not properly maintained stagnant water can accumulate, potentially leading to bacterial growth and contamination and can cause nasty infections to the user’s eye. Inadequate maintenance can lead to various malfunctions such as clogged nozzles, leaks or damaged components. Malfunctioning equipment may deliver water at an insufficient pressure.
  • Blocked or poor Drainage: Blockages can lead to stagnant water in the station, especially if it is not operated for an extended duration. Blockages can impede the flow of water which can lead to delaying treatment and potentially worsen eye injuries.
  • Cleaning: Water found in improperly maintained eyewash contains microorganisms and sediments that can contaminate the water used for rinsing the eyes. When a worker uses an eyewash station that is not maintained, can introduce infection risks to the eyes following an injury, causing additional complications and health issues. It also leads to fines and legal consequences for the workplace.

How to Use an Eyewash Station

Using an eyewash station correctly is vital if you have been exposed to hazardous materials. It allows you to flush away hazardous chemicals or materials from the eyes. Before approaching the eyewash station, ensure the safety of your surroundings and that there are no ongoing hazards that could danger you or others. Carefully remove your contaminated clothing or protective eyewear. Activate the eyewash station and use your fingers to keep your eyelids open wide while the water reaches the eyes effectively. Start rinsing your eyeballs for at least 15 minutes, and ensure that water reaches all parts of your eyes and all the chemicals are removed from the eyes. If the eye injury is severe seek immediate medical attention.


Eyewash stations are a vital component that keeps your employees safe from hazardous, chemicals, dust, or foreign objects that can potentially harm the eyes. They provide immediate decontamination and defense against potential eye injuries.  

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations require employers to ensure eyewash stations for emergency use if employees are exposed to eye hazards from flying particles, chemical exposure, arc flash and caustic fluids that can cause eye injuries. Your safety is our top priority. Here at Gulf Safety Equips Trading LLC, we offer a variety of emergency eyewash stations with different features, sizes, and mounting options. If you are interested in buying an emergency eyewash station at an affordable price, request a quote or visit our website. For more information or advice about selecting the perfect eyewash station for your specific needs, email us at, our team of experts is here to help you make the right choice.

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