Emergency Shower & Eyewash
Accidental chemical exposures can still occur even with good engineering controls and safety precautions. As a result, it is essential to look beyond the use of goggles, face shields, and procedures for using personal protective equipment. Emergency showers are a necessary backup to minimize the effects of accident exposure to chemicals and can also be used effectively in extinguishing clothing fires or for flushing contaminants off clothing.
The first 10 to 15 seconds after exposure to a hazardous substance, especially a corrosive substance, are critical. Delaying treatment, even for a few seconds, may cause serious injury.
Emergency showers and eyewash systems provide on-the-spot decontamination. They allow workers to flush away hazardous substances that can cause injury.