Q: How do I determine my emergency eyewash requirements?
OSHA Regulations state: "Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive chemicals,suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use."
Utilizing the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for every chemical used in your facility provides information about that chemical's potential health hazards. The MSDS also contains emergency and first aid procedures to follow immediately after exposure, until medical help arrives.
Q: What information is available to assist in determining if a chemical is a hazard to the eye and the appropriatefirst aid requirements for that hazard?
Employers are required to identify and evaluate all chemicals used in the workplace. The supplier of each chemical must provide a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), which will provide first aid information.
Q: What are the most common eye injury areas that require eyewash stations?
Painting Operations and Solvents Battery Charging Stations Hazardous Chemical Storage Tool Parts Washers Chemical Pumping or Mixing Areas Laboratories.
Q: What are the different types of emergency eyewash units?
Plumbed: Permanently connected to a source of potable water. Self-Contained, Gravity Fed: Contains its own flushing fluid. Self-Contained,Pressurized Units: Pressurized from an external source formobility/portability.
Q: What is the difference between the Sperian Water Additive and Sperian Saline Concentrate?
SperianSaline Concentrate creates a flushing fluid solution that is more compatible with the eye than water with an additive. Sperian Saline Concentrate contains aspecial preservative and additives to provide a cost effective solution for eyewash refills. When mixed in the proper ratio with potable (drinking) water,Sperian Saline Concentrate provides a preserved, buffered, saline solution. When mixed with potable water, Sperian Water Additive provides a buffered solution for use in self-contained eyewash devices. Sperian Water Additive mixed with water is cost-effective, but does not removeor ameliorate particulates. Sperian Water Additive is non-toxic and non-irritating in the recommended concentration.
Q: Are my contact lenses safe after aneye flush with Sperian Saline?
Not for use with contact lenses. Please remove lenses prior to use.
Q: The pH level of human tears is 7.4.What is the pH level of Sperian Saline?
The pH range of Sperian Saline is 6.9 to 7.4.
Q: Can I use Sperian Saline Concentrate or Fend-all Water Additive in a competitor's product?
Q: Can I use Sperian Saline solutions after they expire?
No.As a manufacturer, Sperian stands firmly behind its expiration date.
Q: What is the difference between Sperian Saline Concentrate and Blow Filled Sealed Personal Eyewash bottles?
Sperian Saline Concentrate is a purified process. Sperian Saline Personal Eyewash is a sterile process.
Q: What should I do if my Sperian Saline Solution arrived frozen?
Do not use if frozen.
FENDALL PURE FLOW 1000®
Q: How many gallons of fluid do the FendallPure Flow 1000® saline cartridges contain?
Sold separately from the Fendall Pure Flow 1000®, the set contains 7 gallons total and 3.5 gallons each.
Q: What do I do if my Fendall PureFlow 1000® is not working?
Check to ensure that the nozzles are installed correctly and that the platens are in contact with the bags in the cartridges. Also ensure that there is nothing obstructing the space below the unit.
Q: Why is my Fendall Pure Flow 1000®leaking?
Check to ensure that the tamper seal has not been broken and / or that the unit has not been accidentally Activated/ Tampered with. These actions will activate a leakage in the unit.
FENDALL PORTA STREAM UNITS
Q: Has the fill cap of the Fendall PortaStream II changed?
Yes,it was changed in October 2003. The cap is now made out of a softer material to eliminate the need fora vent cap. The new design has black plastic rivets instead of stainless.
Q: Why is there white residue on the FendallPorta Stream pull strap?
The white residue is salt. It usually means that the pull strap was not dried completely when the unit was maintained and the water evaporated. We recommend that the strap is wiped with alcohol to ensure that it is completely clean and dry prior to installation.
Q: What should I do if the nozzle(s)on my Fendall Porta Stream II unit will not stop leaking?
Try to tighten the screws a few rounds. Do not fully tighten. If the Porta StreamII unit continues to leak, please contact customer service at 1-800-336-3255, Option #3.
Q: What should I do if my Fendall PortaStream II unit is leaking at the pull strap?
Ensure that the inner pull strap and outer nozzle assembly are both thoroughly cleaned using the Eyewash Station Cleaning Kit (32-000518-000) then prior to final installation be sure they are completely dry.
Q: Where can I find product dimensions and weights?
In the ISG Price List, the Sperian catalog, and website.
Q: What are the highlights of the ANSIZ358.1-2009 Standard?
- Deliver flushing fluid for 15 minutes
- Eyewash shall be in accessible locations that require no more than 10 seconds to reach. The path of travel shall be free of obstructions
- Each eyewash location shall be identified with a highly visible sign.
- Delivered flushing fluid temperature shall be tepid (60° F – 100° F)
- All eyewash units shall be inspected and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
- Plumbed equipment shall be activated weekly to verify proper operation.
- For more information, check out their website: www.ANSI.org
Q: Who enforces the eyewash station requirement?
OSHA enforces the eyewash standard, which is determined by ANSI.
Q: Why is there and expiration date and can I use the product after it expires?Emergency Eyewash solutions (concentrate, additive, sterile or purified saline, eyesaline) are regulated as drug products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and equivalent organizations in other countries. Expiration dates are based upon the stability requirements and regulations established for these solutions. A manufacturer establishes an expiration date for a product based on data derived from testing of that product. Use of a product beyond its expiration date could mean that the product no longer retains its effectiveness, or it could lead to illness or death in extreme cases.
Certain containers, such as bottles and bags, contain materials that could leech into the product over a period of time beyond expiration. The solution itself is stable, but the container holding that solution could present a problem.
Q: What kind of replacement parts area vailable for Sperian eyewash stations?
Contact Customer Service at 1-800-336-3255, Option #3 for a complete list of replacement parts.
Q: Where can I get a Sperian Installation Videos?
The videos come with all Fendall 2000 and Fendall Pure Flow 1000 units they arealso available on the Sperian website or through Customer Service 1-800-336-3255, Option #3.
Q: What flow rate is required in a primary eyewash station?
Aminimum of 0.4 gallons per minute for at least 15 minutes.
Q: What temperature does the standard recommend for eyewash station fluid?
The Ansi Z358.1 2009 standard recommends a tepid flushing fluid. Tepid is defined as moderately warm or lukewarm with a range of 60º F to 90º F. Temperatures in excess of 100º F can enhance chemical interaction with the eyes and skin while temperatures below
Q: What happens if eyewash solution freezes?
The salt will separate from the solution and it may no longer be used.
Q: What are personal/secondary eyewash devices, and what are their applications?
The ANSI Standard defines personal eyewash as "a supplementary eyewash that supports plumbed units,self-contained units or both by delivering immediate flushing fluid." A personal eyewash does not have the fluid capacity to flush both eyes and deliver that flushing fluid for the required rate of 0.4 gallons per minute for 15 minutes.