Academic Environmental Health & Safety

Eye wash and Emergency Shower

When working with hazardous materials, know the location and how to use the nearest eye wash and safety shower.

Know the location of your eyewash and safety shower

  • An eye wash and emergency shower must be available within 10 seconds of unobstructed travel from where hazardous materials are used.
  • Do not block the path to your safety equipment.
Eye wash / shower unit

Use only approved safety equipment

  • Never rely on sink faucets to replace an eye wash or safety shower

Eye Wash Operation

Seconds count after a chemical exposure. Delaying treatment, even for a few seconds, may result in irreparable eye damage. Do not hesitate to use them immediately when needed.

  • Immediately flush eyes for at least 15 minutes
  • Keep eyes open (hold eyelid open) and rotate the eyeballs in all directions to remove contamination from around the eyes.
  • Call 911, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Bring the Safety Data Sheet for the chemical to the doctor when seeking medical attention
  • Report the injury or exposure. Report to Health and Safety and University Personnel. For reporting to University Personnel see Workplace Injuries and Workers' Compensation*

Emergency Shower Operation

Use an emergency shower immediately if your skin is exposed to a hazardous chemical.

The first few seconds after exposure to a hazardous chemical (especially a corrosive chemical) are critical. Delaying treatment, even for a few seconds, may result in irreparable tissue damage. Don't hesitate!

  • Immediately flush the affected area with copious quantities of water for at least 15 minutes. Protect the eyes from inadvertent contamination.
  • Remove contaminated clothing, jewelry, and shoes. Don't let modesty slow you down. Every second counts.
  • Call 911, seek medical attention immediately
  • Bring the Safety Data Sheet for the chemical to the doctor when seeking medical attention
  • Report the injury or exposure. Report to Health and Safety and University Personnel. For reporting to University Personnel see Workplace Injuries and Workers' Compensation*