OSHA Laws: Eyewash & Safety Showers Testing


Emergency eyewash stations are to be strategically located to provide adequate protection to all employees who may be at risk of chemical exposure or eye injury. These units must provide a continuous water supply for a minimum of 15 minutes and must be properly maintained at all times.

Water Flow

The controls should be activated weekly to confirm proper water flow and to clear the lines. Once activated, the controls must remain in the "on" position without being manually held open by the operator.

Clean and Sanitary

All portions of the station should be clean and sanitary at all times. Because it's impossible to predict when a station will be needed, it must be properly maintained at all times.

Self-contained Units

Self-contained units must be tagged with the expiration date of the solvent in the tank(s). These dates should be checked weekly and the solution replaced at a minimum of every six months.


When inspecting the eyewash station, make certain no new obstacles have been placed or installed around the station. Also, check for any debris that may cause a person difficulty in reaching the station safely.


A portion of the inspection should be to make certain all markings, decals and signage are in place and in good condition. Any worn or torn decals should be replaced and signs should be kept clean and in good condition at all times.

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