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1 Department - Unit Safety Coordinator’s Seminar Oregon State University Environmental Health and Safety Department - Unit Safety Coordinator (DUSC) Seminar - 11/19/08

2 Emergency Eyewash & Shower Testing Dan Kermoyan Environmental Health & Safety

3 2000 eye injuries per day. When personal protective equipment (PPE) fails to prevent contact with highly irritating or corrosive chemicals, immediate removal of the contaminant from eyes, face, and skin is needed eye injuries per day. When personal protective equipment (PPE) fails to prevent contact with highly irritating or corrosive chemicals, immediate removal of the contaminant from eyes, face, and skin is needed. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

4 Accident Statistics Oregon State University (SAIF Corp. data) YearTotal Eye Injuries reported Chemical Related 2008 – Present – – – – – – – –

5 Oregon – OSHA’s Top-25 Violations Cited during inspections RankCalendar yearTotal Violations cited 15th th nd200375

6 Requirements (When Needed) OR-OSHA regulation: OAR (5) OR-OSHA regulation: OAR (5) Required When …. Where employees handle substances that could injure them by getting into their eyes or onto their bodies, provide them with an eyewash, or shower, or both based on the hazard. Required When …. Where employees handle substances that could injure them by getting into their eyes or onto their bodies, provide them with an eyewash, or shower, or both based on the hazard.

7 Requirements (Where Needed) Location -- employees can reach it and begin treatment in 10 seconds or less; (55 feet). Location -- employees can reach it and begin treatment in 10 seconds or less; (55 feet). “Unobstructed pathway and cannot require the opening of doors or passage through obstacles unless other employees are always present to help the exposed employee”. “Unobstructed pathway and cannot require the opening of doors or passage through obstacles unless other employees are always present to help the exposed employee”. If not corrosive, crash-bar OK If not corrosive, crash-bar OK Water must flow for at least 15 minutes. Water must flow for at least 15 minutes. Eyewash (0.4 gpm); Shower (20 gpm). Eyewash (0.4 gpm); Shower (20 gpm).

8 Requirements (Construction/Testing) Eyewash – Stay-open valves for hands-free use. Shower -- Must not be subject to unauthorized shut-off. Eyewash – Stay-open valves for hands-free use. Shower -- Must not be subject to unauthorized shut-off. Emergency shower and eyewash facilities must be clean, sanitary and operating correctly. Emergency shower and eyewash facilities must be clean, sanitary and operating correctly. Follow the system manufacturer’s criteria for water pressure, flow rate and testing. Follow the system manufacturer’s criteria for water pressure, flow rate and testing.

9 Testing Frequency OR-OSHA “manufacturer’s criteria” OR-OSHA “manufacturer’s criteria” Manufacturers weekly testing Manufacturers weekly testing Manufacturers American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment (ANSI Z ) Manufacturers American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment (ANSI Z )

10 Water Quality Water should be potable Water should be potable OSHA directive (Yes); ANSI/Manufacturer (No mention) OSHA directive (Yes); ANSI/Manufacturer (No mention) Acanthamoeba? Acanthamoeba? Run for how long? (OSHA, ANSI, Manufacturer do not state) Run for how long? (OSHA, ANSI, Manufacturer do not state) DOE study report 1986 DOE study report 1986 Water Temperature? Water Temperature? OSHA directive F; ANSI 60 0 F; Manufacturer F; Adverse chemical reaction?? OSHA directive F; ANSI 60 0 F; Manufacturer F; Adverse chemical reaction??

11 Provide Unobstructed Access

12 Eyewash Test

13 Shower Test

14 Document The Test!

15 Test Units Available


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