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7 in 10 Facilities Unprepared for Eye Wash Hazard: Study


8/3/2018

From small particles like sawdust and cement chips to chemicals that cause burns, there are numerous workplace hazards that pose a risk to employees’ eyes. A survey conducted among 124 safety professionals at the 2018 ASSP Professional Development Conference, June 3-6 in San Antonio, Texas, reveals whether businesses are prepared for these difficult-to-avoid eye injuries. Conducted by Cintas Corporation the survey found that just 3 in 10 safety managers are extremely confident that their eyewash station would properly function in the event of an emergency.

“Each year, productivity losses, medical expenses and workers’ compensation costs related to eye injuries total more than $300 million,” said Katie Gough-Edwards, Director of Marketing – First Aid & Safety, Cintas. “Businesses must have effective eyewash stations installed, accessible and regularly maintained to reduce the impact of eye injuries that can cause serious damage and even permanent loss of vision if not properly and quickly treated.”

Seventy-seven percent of the survey respondents have plumbed-in eyewash units, 59 percent have gravity fed units and 41 percent have supplemental bottles onsite. The survey also revealed safety managers’ confidence around the following:

  • Employees can easily locate and access the eyewash station – just 36 percent of respondents are extremely confident
  • The eyewash station is regularly maintained – only 4 in 10 safety managers are extremely confident


The Safety Director eyewash station gives employees access to a functioning eyewash station in the event of an emergency. Cintas installs these gravity fed units, conducts monthly inspections and services the units quarterly. Cintas also provides plumbed eyewash units with various mounting options and emergency eye and skin wash bottles to act as a supplemental eyewash station.


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