Necessary safety provisions must be in place at hazardous work sites. In some branches of industry, especially in the processing of hazardous chemicals, an accidental splash of a few drops of toxic fluid on an employee could be fatal. The employee must receive appropriate care from the very first moment after the accident. It is therefore mandatory that these large plants be equipped with showers and safety eyes to immediately evacuate the toxicity of the fluid and to alleviate the pain. However, the employee must receive other more specific care after being decontaminated.
INSTALLATION OF SAFETY SHOWERS AND EYEWASHES
These safety showers and eyewashes must be accessible by all employees and in the shortest possible time. Its installation is regulated by decrees which stipulate that the equipment must be placed in a place easily accessible to all, the path leading to the shower must be clear, and the equipment must be indicated by various illuminated signs. The handling of this first aid equipment must be as easy as possible (pedal system or pushing a lever, etc.). Only approved safety showers and eyewashes should be on the market, they are generally governed by the strictest safety standards.
OPERATION OF SAFETY SHOWERS AND EYEWASHES
It is important to know that the safety shower and eyewash only play a preventive role but not a curative one. Thanks to a very powerful water jet system, these devices facilitate the rinsing of the parts of the body contaminated by the toxic fluid. The flow rate of the water jet for the safety shower is regulated by a number generally fixed at 60 liters per minute and that of the eye wash station from 12 to 20 liters per minute depending on the toxicity of the fluid treated by the company. To find reliable first aid equipment on the market, the site prevention-environnement.fr is recommended.