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Practice, practice, practice!

You well know that emergency eyewash stations are an important part of an emergency response to hazardous chemical incidents. However, how you respond to an emergency exposure is just as critical — it could mean the difference between seeing and going blind.

Don’t panic

One way to prepare for an emergency is to practice how you’ll respond. The more you practice, the less likely you’ll panic in a real situation. The best way you can protect yourself and other coworkers is to practice (in your head) to:

1. Know where to look. Know where your eyewash stations are located. Each station must be located adjacent to the hazard(s) and take no more than a few seconds to reach. Practice walking to the nearest eyewash/shower while keeping your head down, or even with your eyes closed.

2. Seek help. Call for help to get to the eyewash, and don’t rub your eyes! Have a coworker notify the supervisor and call for emergency medical assistance.

3. Rinse those eyeballs. Once you’re at the station, turn it on (or have a worker help) and let the flushing fluid cover your eyes. Roll your eyes from right to left, and up and down, to flush the chemicals out. Hold your eyes open and flush for 15 minutes.

When you prepare, you save precious time and avoid long-term damage to your eyes. Always seek medical attention soon after you flush your eyes. Emergency eyewash and shower stations provide on-the-spot decontamination, but that doesn’t mean they guarantee your health.

Key to remember: When you go in for medical treatment, bring the chemical’s SDS along with you. The information can help medical professionals better understand how to treat you.