Emergency Eyewash and Shower Stations

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If you should get a foreign body in the eye or have a chemical splash on your skin, face, or clothing, an eyewash station or deluge shower is the most important initial step in first-aid treatment.

Eyewash Stations/Deluge Showers are required if:

  • The SDS for a chemical in use indicates that the chemical is caustic, corrosive, or toxic;
  • The SDS states that serious eye damage can result;
  • Container labels have warnings such as “causes chemical burns” or “causes permanent eye damage”.

Eyewash/Shower stations must have:

  • Clean, pure water;
  • Constant water flow for a full 15 minutes;
  • Hands-free operation, i.e., a foot pedal;
  • Highly visible markings and signs;
  • Unobstructed access.

Train in the proper use in ADVANCE of exposure.

  • Immediately after exposure, flood the eye with water, using the fingers to keep the eyelids open as wide as possible.
  • Roll the eyeball as much as possible.
  • Do not put anything into the eyes except water.
  • Irrigate the eyes for at least 15 minutes.
  • Transport to medical facility immediately.
  • Continue flushing during transport with portable eyewash equipment or water bottles.

Ensure equipment is functional and clean.

  • Test equipment regularly to ensure it functions adequately and has proper rate of flow.
  • Ensure equipment is sanitary.
  • Include eyewash/shower stations in your regularly scheduled facility inspections.


KEMI does not assume liability for the content of information contained herein. Safety and health remain your responsibility. This information is to be used for informational purposes only and not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for proper training, supervision or manufacturers’ instructions/recommendations. KEMI, by publication of this information, does not assume liability for damage or injury arising from reliance upon it. Compliance with this information is not a guarantee or warranty that you will be in conformity with any laws or regulations nor does it ensure the absolute safety of any person, place or object, including, but not limited to, you, your occupation, employees, customers or place of business.

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