Maintain safety in the workplace from head to toe. In this article, we take a look at OSHA requirements for eyewash safety stations.

Myth #1: “An eyewash flushing bottle counts as an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) compliant eyewash.”

Incorrect. According to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment (ANSI Z358.1-2009), 16- and 32-oz. bottles are considered personal eyewashes. Personal eyewash units provide immediate flushing and can be used as the employee is making his/her way to an approved emergency flushing station. An approved eyewash station must be able to flush both eyes simultaneously, for 15 continuous minutes, with a minimum flow rate of 0.4 gallons per minute.