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SOP for Operation of Emergency Eyewash Safety Shower

OBJECTIVE 
To lay down the procedure for Operation of emergency eyewash safety shower 

SCOPE 
This SOP shall be applicable to Operation of emergency eyewash safety shower in Quality Control Laboratory.
RESPONSIBILITY 
Execution : Lab Attendant and above - QC department 

PROCEDURE 
  • Immediate and proper use of emergency eyewash and safety showers is essential to minimizing injury upon injurious hazardous material contact 
  • The following guidelines should aid in minimizing injury due to contact with hazardous materials: 
  • Remove the covers for eyewash nozzles 
  • Open the valve of eye shower and flush eyes or skin for at least 5 to 10 minutes 
  • Hold eyelids open with fingers so flushing fluid can fully irrigate the eyes  

Note: People may not always be able to flush their eyes on their own because of intense pain. Nearby helpers should be prepared to assist with holding the eyelids open. Other helpers may need to assist with keeping the person under the flushing fluid for at least 5 to 10 minutes. 
  • Seek medical attention after flushing the areas of contact for at least 5 to 10 minutes 
  • Emergency eyewash station in laboratories shall be flushed in the morning for at least 5 minute on each working day and maintained the record as per annexure.
  • Precautions 
  1. Keep covers for eyewash nozzles in place to protect from dust and debris 
  2. Keep the area around an eyewash/ shower is clear. 

ABBREVIATION(s) 
SOP - Standard Operating Procedure 
Q.C - Quality control 

ANNEXURE(s) 

REVISION HISTORY
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