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The protection of eyes and body is of particular importance when dealing with hazardous substances. If an emergency occurs despite all preventive measures, the eye wash and emergency shower for first aid must be available quickly. Further assistance should be taken as soon as possible to minimize the damage. Eye wash bottles can be stored directly at each workstation. Further safety is provided by stationary eye showers, body showers or combined systems.
Eye Wash Bottles: Easy to Use & Portable
It is not always possible to use a permanently installed emergency shower. Eye wash bottles are recommended, among other things, for rooms where there is no constant work (eg battery rooms or construction sites). With eyewash bottles, the care of an injured person can be ensured within the important first seconds. An eyewash bottle with 500 ml content is enough for a 4-minute flush. To ensure longer rinsing time, additional eye wash bottles should be available or a nearby eye-water connected to the water network should be used. Eye wash bottles have one or two ergonomically shaped eye cups. These provide for opened eyelids during the rinsing process so that the sterile rinsing fluid can reach the injured eye directly. The rinsing solution used is saline (sodium chloride) in 0.9% concentration. The solution is pH-neutral and suitable for neutralizing acids.
Fixed emergency showers
Not only in the case of chemical burns on the eyes (for example due to contact with acids or alkalis) immediate rinsing with an emergency shower is necessary to avoid lasting damage. Basically, a flushing time of 20 minutes is recommended. In order to minimize possible contamination of the body, full-body showers are also used for quick first aid after accidents. They are characterized by their easy operation. Your advantages depending on the version: