MIOSHA recently published a new Fact Sheet entitled Eyewashes and Safety Showers, which explains the Agency Instruction MIOSHA-STD-07-IR4 (Eyewash/Shower Equipment) that was published this spring. This Instruction set forth the general requirement that
suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body must be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use when the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious or corrosive substances.
The new fact sheet explains the Instruction and explains the following terms:
- Injurious or corrosive materials: chemicals that have the GHS classification of serious skin/eye damage and serious skin/eye irritation.
- Suitable facilities: means eyewash stations and safety showers that:
- Activate within 1 second
- Are simple to operate
- Accept more than one type of motion to activate the station
- Do not require a second/separate motion to remove nozzle cover
- Are located within a 10-second travel time (approximately 55 feet) of an operation where employees use an injurious or corrosive substance.
Finally, the fact sheet clarifies that “personal wash units” can be provided as a supplement, but do not satisfy the requirement to provide suitable eyewash equipment.
It is recommended that employers whose facilities have injurious or corrosive materials review the Instruction and the new Fact Sheet.