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The first 10 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 eyewash stations allow workers to quickly flush away accidental chemical exposures.

Using an eyewash station is considered a first-aid measure. Be sure to do a hazard assessment to determine the hazards associated with chemicals in your workplace and how the eyewash station will be used in an emergency. Learn more in Oregon OSHA’s Eyewash and safety showers fact sheet.

  • Fact sheets
    • Eyewash and safety showers
      Explains requirements for eyewash stations and showers in workplaces where employees are exposed to substances that could injure their eyes, with guidance on hazard assessment and equipment selection.
      English  08/15/2023
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    • Rules with requirements
      We get many calls and emails from employers asking the same question. It begins: “Which of your rules have requirements for…” You can finish the sentence with words like “recordkeeping,” “employee training,” and “written documents.” To answer those questions, we’ve organized these rules requirements into a filterable, sortable, searchable table.
      English  05/10/2019

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