Eye Wash Station
The emergency eye wash station provides a means to remove chemical contamination from the eyes and/or face. Laboratory personnel should follow these guidelines when using the eye wash station:
- Eye wash stations are inspected annually to ensure they meet appropriate standards and regulations. On the Charles River Campus, OEHS oversees the annual inspection. On the Medical Campus, eye wash stations are inspected by the Office of Faculties Management. Repairs on both campuses are conducted by the Office of Facilities Management.
- Laboratory workers should flush their eye wash stations weekly to ensure clean water is available in the event of an emergency.
- Eye wash stations should be clearly marked and kept free from obstructions.
- In the event of eye contamination, the laboratory worker should hold his/her eye open and rinse for a minimum of 15 minutes, then seek medical attention.