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Chemical Hazards: Eye Washing and Emergency Showers Training Course

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This course explains compliance regulations for emergency safety equipment and when/why it’s required in the workplace.

12 minutes   |   SKU: AT104    |    Language(s): EN / ES / FR / Other    |    Produced 2024




EN / ES / FR / Other




12 minutes

Training Objectives

Identify common harmful corrosive materials that are used in general industry
Discuss various types of emergency safety equipment including eyewash stations
Explain what makes various types of safety equipment ANSI compliant
Review the required testing and maintenance for all emergency safety equipment

Course Overview

Did you know that you could be exposed to or asked to work with harmful corrosive materials in more than just the chemical and healthcare industries? These are most likely the first and possibly only fields that you think of when you hear “harmful corrosive materials.” And yes, it’s true that those in the chemical industry work with chemicals every day, and those in healthcare are exposed to pathogens and blood more than in other industries. What you might not know is that chemicals like formaldehyde are commonly used in the manufacturing, warehousing, and construction industries to produce products. In addition, bases like lye and ammonia are used in the farming, refrigeration, and manufacturing industries. Finally, corrosive acids are found and used in the automotive and landscaping industries in car batteries, for fumigation, and within pesticides.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) provide clear regulations on how to protect workers from exposure to these types of chemical hazards in the workplace (29 USC 654 S5; 29 CFR 1910/151(c); ANSI [Z] 358.1). These standards and compliance regulations require that eyewash and safety shower equipment is available for emergency use where the eyes or body may be exposed to harmful corrosive materials.

Understanding that chemical hazards are present, the types of emergency equipment available, and how to test and maintain this equipment are key to keeping the workplace safe for all. This course will discuss when and where emergency eyewash stations and emergency showers are required. This course also explains how each piece of equipment works and their minimum requirements to be in compliance. Finally, all mandated testing and maintenance protocols will be reviewed. If you need to learn more about how emergency equipment works to protect you and how to stay compliant, this training is for you!

This program is available with Spanish and French closed captions.

Compliance Standards & Regulations

This course references the standards and regulations listed below.

29 USC 654 S5; 29 CFR 1910/151(c); ANSI [Z] 358.1

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According to OSHA, when are eyewash stations and safety showers required?

In 29 CFR 1910.151, OSHA states that they are required “where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use.”

Can eyewash and emergency showers be portable?

Yes, if they can deliver the required water flow rate for 15 minutes or more.

How often should emergency safety equipment be tested?

They should be tested weekly and inspected annually.

What is the required water flow rate for an eyewash station and a safety shower?

Eyewash stations must dispense 0.4 gallons per minute and safety showers must dispense 20 gallons per minute.

Where in a work area should emergency equipment be installed?

Where someone injured can reach it in 10 seconds (within 55 feet) or less via an unobstructed path.

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