Most of what our brains interpret from the environment comes from what we can see through our eyes. In the event that a harmful chemical comes into contact with your eye, waiting until you see a doctor, or for your tears to naturally flush out your eye can not only be extremely painful, but also do serious damage.
Eyewash stations are specifically designed for chemical emergencies There are many different types of eyewash stations including those that look like shower heads, fountain eyewash stations, faucet mounted eyewash stations, or wall-mounted eyewash solution kits (like the one shown above). Eyewash stations flush out the eye quickly and effectively, and should be located in convenient locations in areas such as labs, factories, and in schools.
While the application might differ between eyewash stations, the basic idea remains the same: rinse the eye thoroughly to dilute or remove the chemical or irritant as quickly as possible in order to avoid permanent damage. Irrigating the eye for 15-20 minutes with it wide open doesn’t sound like a comfortable experience, but it can do wonders as far as saving your sight – one of the most important senses our bodies possess.
After utilizing an emergency eye wash station, one should immediately go to an emergency care center or a doctor to be examined. Notify a supervisor about the incident, but it is suggested to see a doctor immediately afterwards. Even with a well-flushed eye, damage can be done and immediate medical attention is a must.
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