Face and Eyewash Fountain
Face and eyewash fountains are must-haves during an emergency. Immediate flushing of the eyes and face is critical after exposure to chemicals and other hazardous substances. It can take only seconds to sustain a serious injury. The Opti-Klens system, however, allows for decontamination right on the spot, so workers do not delay treatment in laboratory or other settings where there could be substance exposure.
The OK-II eyewash station provides an additional line of defense. Sometimes face shields and goggles don’t do the trick or a worker wasn’t using them at the time of exposure. The station allows for immediate rinsing. While the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) doesn’t specify guidelines on how long to wash, chemical splashes can require 15 to 60 minutes of rinsing to fully protect a person from harm.
The ANSI does require such equipment to be reachable within 10 seconds of an emergency1—so they should be located not more than 55 feet from locations where exposure is most likely to occur.
Benefits of the OK-II Fountain
An eyewash is a must for laboratory and other settings where chemicals and toxic, corrosive, or hazardous compounds are used. In addition to location, other important aspects outlined by OSHA include:
• Water temperature: This should be between 60 and 100°F to ensure optimal protection.2
A second fountain available from Medical Device Depot offers spray nozzles that curve upwards at a 15-degree angle greater than the standard model. Fitting laboratory gooseneck faucets, a third model integrates an eliminator valve. This addresses a common safety concern—water temperature. The valve allows it to be pre-set at the faucet and has a push plunger, so users can instantly start the water flow.
For the latest Opti-Klens eyewash fountain models from Medical Device Depot, view our options online. Call us at 877-646-3300 for help selecting or purchasing your order.