The how to's below describe the most basic procedures for using an eyewash or safety shower. There may be additional steps to take depending on the chemicals used at the time of exposure.
How to Use An Eyewash
If a chemical gets into a lab worker's eyes, help get them to the nearest eyewash station.
- With the eyewash on, they should use their hands to force their eyelids open
- Flush eyes thoroughly for 15 minutes
- While flushing, have someone call 911
It's important that after someone has flushed their eyes that they go to the hospital for evaluation. Don't skip this step.
If your eyewash is not plumbed directly to a drain, it will also be necessary to have someone call Service Operations Support (SOS) at 802-656-2560, ext. 1 in order to clean up the water on the floor.
How to Use An Emergency Shower
If a lab worker needs to use the safety shower, they should call for help as they activate it. This will alert people to the situation and they can call 911 for medical assistance and and SOS to help control the mess created by the water.
- Remove any contaminated clothing to prevent prolonged contact on skin
- Continue washing under the shower for 15 minutes or until emergency medical help arrives
- Obtain additional medical attention as necessary