Emergency Eyewash and Shower Stations

In the event of  a chemical spill or slash, emergency eyewash and shower stations are devices designed to wash chemicals off of the body and or out of the eyes of the affected user.  Due to their role in chemical emergencies, it is imperative that they are kept in a continued state of readiness.

This is achieved by keeping the area around the station clean and clear of obstructions, and ensuring that they are tested at the defined intervals. More information regarding these two key items can be found below.

Keep the Area Clear

According to ANSI Z358.1, eyewash and shower stations should be located within 10 seconds of walking time from the location of the hazard, possess a path that is as straight as possible, and should free of any obstructions.

Since there is a high probability that the user of the station may have impaired vision following a chemical splash to their eyes, it is important that the travel to the station be as accessible as possible. Additionally, the first 10-15 seconds following exposure to a hazardous/corrosive chemical are the most critical, and any additional delay may result in serious injury.

Test Eyewash Stations Weekly

Proper testing and maintenance is required to ensure that eyewash and shower stations are functioning properly.

The CoE Safety Department is responsible for the testing of all general hallway stations. Showers are tested annually by EH&S. Eyewashes located within labs are the responsibility of the lab manager and PI and are to be tested weekly. Information on what to look for when testing can be found on the campus EH&S website: Safety Eye/Shower Station Inspection.

Please reach out to coesafety@engr.wisc.edu with any questions regarding eyewash and shower stations.