OSHA Healthcare Training: Location and Testing Checklist for Emergency Eyewashes

There's a lot of issues with eyewash now because the new ANSI standard and it's the ANSI publishes a lot of standards. And the ANSI has a standard on emergency eye washing standards and showers, they now require tepid water. So instead of just having going to an eyewash and getting cold water, you have to warm it up with a blending valves and it has to be between 60º and 100º. Read this information given by an expert in a healthcare event and know more about OSHA compliance.

So a lot of existing eyewashes don’t have that. You might just have a little faucet (on at once). And so the new installations, if you don’t realize the new standard is in place, you might just keep on with the same old, same old. But you do need to upgrade to the newer ones.

For instance, there is a portable eyewash station with this jug that as enough water in it for – there are six gallons in there and it's enough for 50 minute flow. There's a nice new eyewash where the they have a little put tab on the middle. With one motion, you pull and you got your eyewash. And you're required to have an eyewash anywhere you have an injurious corrosive and in general, that's PH of less than four or greater than nine. It does vary from state to state what injurious corrosive is but that's the most common.

And there is some nice home healthcare training guidance material out there and you have to test weekly and that's in the ANSI standard. And you should flush it for three minutes and that gets that amoeba, the Acanthamoeba that causes blindness. That's why weekly testing is required.

And you got to locate it in a path that's well, you know, no obstacles, it's reached within ten seconds, it's simple to operate. And this is key; it must remain hands-free after activated. Those little (pour bulb) eyewash bottles which you used to see all over are not OSHA approved. You can use them in conjunction with regular eyewash but that is not a bona fide OSHA eyewash. So if you're relying on those, you need to replace them with eyewash stations.

When – inspectors don’t like to be walking in to hospitals and not be warned that they're walking in to an MRI because, you know, they can be exposed to magnetic fields or to walk in and realize you just walked in to an x-ray room and now you're being dozed with radiation.

And what we tell people is, you know, make sure you have the signage, make sure you have the shielding, keep restrict traffic in and out of the MRI keeping in line with the healthcare rules. And for some housekeeping because a lot of pictures have, you know, four bumpers and stuff getting pulled into the magnet. Train your housekeepers and have a housekeeping closet dedicated to the MRI which has all the non-magnetic cleaning supplies and cleaning tools.

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