Many of the building materials that your construction company uses may cause severe eye irritation. As a result, you will need your employees to wear protective eye wear when using these building materials. Also, if your worker's eyes are very likely to be exposed to hazards, you will need to install an eyewash station so your employees can quickly flush their eyes.
Eyewash Station Requirements
Even if your work site has ready access to water, you will need an eyewash station that releases water without the need for the employee to use his or her hands. The wash station must be designed in a way in which it always works. For example, if the wash station will be used in a cold environment, it will need to not freeze. The eyewash station must be checked every week to make sure it is still functional. The water valve must cause water to be released in under a second and must continue to expel water until the valve is activated again.
Types of Stations
Eyewash stations come in many types, including personal wash stations. These units release fluid instantly and are necessary when you aren't able to have an eyewash station nearby the employee at all times. Drench hoses are necessary for employees who cannot stand in the wash area. Finally, there is the self-contained eyewash station, which is the most commonly used option.
Materials That Require an Eyewash Station
Glass fibers and mineral wool are often found in insulation and can be an eye irritant. Mineral wool is also used as a reinforcement for tiles. If one of your workers is experiencing severe eye irritation when installing insulation, he or she will need an eye wash station.
Asphalt is used widely in many roofing materials and is used as a sealant. When working with this material, workers can sometimes suffer from eye irritation. Formaldehyde is used in bonding agents and adhesives. It is often found in particle boards, plywood, pressed wood and urea foam insulation. Eyes are very sensitive to formaldehyde, with exposure causing a burning sensation in the eyes.
Acetic Acid is used in silicone caulking compounds. Nitrogen oxides are used during the welding process. Volatile organic compounds are found in paints, glues, caulking materials and asphalt. All of these can cause eye irritation. If your construction site is using any of these materials, make sure that you have an eyewash station. Contact American Building & Roofing Inc for more information.