a collision repair facility, very serious eye damage can result
from being splashed by chemicals such as paint solvents, battery
acid, cleaners, hardeners, and paint strippers, etc, or getting
dirt or debris into unprotected eyes. Similarly, physical work such
as cutting, grinding, hammering, dismantling, or assembling can
result in eye damage from flying particles. Protective equipment
should never be used as a substitute for safe work practices. The
first line of defense is the use of proper eye protective equipment
such as safety glasses with side shields, safety goggles, welding
mask, or full-face shields.
accidents can happen. Emergency eyewash fountains are very beneficial
to minimize eye injury. Material Safety Data Sheets provided by
paint suppliers, recommend immediately flushing eyes for at least
15 minutes with running water to ensure rinsing of the entire eye
surface, and then get immediate medical attention. Whenever you
are working with a chemical, check the MSDS beforehand to be sure
you know what to do in an emergency if the chemical gets in your
eye or on your skin.
speaking, emergency eye wash equipment should be located, free of
obstructions, near work areas where chemicals or flying debris can
cause injuries. Their location should be well marked with signs,
and the area around them must be kept free of other equipment for
quick access in an emergency. They must be maintained and inspected
on a regular basis to ensure proper working order. Provincial regulations
require eye wash fountains in many situations, so check with your
local Ministry of Labour or other authorities to get more details
on the requirements in your area.
following Canadian web sites provide more details on the need for
eye wash facilities, the many different types commercially available,
how to use them, inspection and maintenance, and where they should
be located in a typical industrial environment.
Center for Occupational Health and Safety, "The importance
of Safety Showers and Eyewash stations"
of Alberta Workplace Health and Safety, "Eye Injuries at the