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Emergency eyewashes: what they are and how they are used


In order to protect a person's eyes after an accident in which they have come into contact with chemical and toxic substances, emergency eyewashes – also called eyewashes – are common and necessary safety devices in many laboratories and chemical or metallurgical plants. Many of them are usually integrated in the emergency showers.

At Carlos Arboles we have a series of emergency eye showers to decontaminate the eyes. Below we will explain what they are and how to use them. 


What are emergency eyewashes?

Eyewashes are safety elements functioning to quickly and effectively protect the eyes of a person exposed to hazardous materials or substances. To do this, they provide water at low pressure for washing & rinsing the face and eyes without damaging the eye tissues.  

According to the European standard UNE-EN 15154-2, which regulates these safety devices, eyewashes connected to the water supply must allow a minimum water flow of 6 l/min for 15 minutes without interruption.

The recommended temperature is between 20ºC and 35ºC and the jet must be between 100 and 300 mm high from the centre of the nozzle. In addition, this regulation also states that both eyewashes and emergency showers must be checked at least once a week.

How to use emergency eyewashes

All employees who may be exposed to hazardous materials must be trained and informed of the correct use of eyewashes. The steps to be followed are: 

  • Contact lenses should not be worn during handling with chemicals and, if worn, should be removed as soon as possible to facilitate flushing. 

  • Do not rub the eyes at any time, allowing the tears to flow freely. 

  • Activate the lever or pedal to operate the water outlet.

  • Keep your eyes open with the help of your fingers to force the eyelids open so that the water filters properly. 

  • Do not place your eyes over the nozzles but remain at a distance between 10 and 30 cm so that the water pressure is adequate for 15 minutes. It is also advisable to direct the jet towards the sides of the nose, so that it does not penetrate directly into the eye.  

  • If necessary, medical help should be sought while the washing is being carried out.

Carlos Arboles emergency eyewashes

At Carlos Arboles we offer a wide variety of emergency eyewashes so that you can choose the one that best suits your industry and the space in which you work.

You have many options to protect the physical integrity of the users and avoid major problems. Contact us, ask us for a quote and we will advise you to choose the eyewash that best suits your needs.

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