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When chemical exposure occurs, one, immediately move to an eye wash station. Two, use either the paddles, levers, or pull lever to turn on the eye wash. Three, hold your eyes open with your hands to ensure water reaches the eyes. Four, flush the eyes for 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the corrosive properties of the chemical. Be sure to keep the eyes open and rotate the eyeballs in all directions. And five, once flushing is complete, turn off the eye wash.
Follow these guidelines for eye wash use: never hesitate to use an eyewash if needed. Have a coworker contact emergency medical assistance immediately. If there is no one to ask, rinse for the allotted time recommended in the SDS and then seek medical assistance. If irritation persists, repeat the flushing procedure. Do not use lab or drench hoses as an eye wash. These hoses are typically used for cleaning and may not be sanitary. Never rely on sink faucets to replace an eye wash. Some outdoor eye washes may run discolored water for a few seconds. Never hesitate to use them immediately when needed. Do not the shower for any other purpose that might inhibit the immediate use for an emergency. And beware of slippery floors during and after use.