Eyewash Station Locations

Q: Where are eyewash stations required in a hospital/ambulatory care facility?

A: They are required in areas where corrosive or caustic materials (i.e. chemicals) are used, stored or handled and could be splashed into the eye. A risk assessment must be made to determine where (if any) eyewash stations are necessary. The place to start is by looking at the Safety Data Sheet. If the SDS says rinse eyes for 15 minutes, then that is your first clue that an eyewash station may be required. The next step is to determine if the use, handling, or storage of the material could be splashed into the eyes. Note: When you evaluate this step you have to evaluate the process as if people are not wearing any PPE. If you conclude you need an eyewash station, then it has to meet the requirements of ANSI Z358.1-2014 which means it has to be plumbed and maintained, although there are some units that are self-contained that do qualify.

It is interesting to note that blood and body fluids are not considered corrosive or caustic.

Brad Keyes
Brad Keyes, CHSP

Brad is a former advisor to Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and former Joint Commission LS surveyor. He guides clients through  organizational assessment; management training; ongoing coaching of task groups; and extensive one-on-one coaching of facility leaders. He analyzes and develops leadership effectiveness and efficiency in work processes, focusing on assessing an organization’s preparedness for a survey, evaluating processes in achieving preparedness, and guiding organizations toward compliance. 

As a presenter at national seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences, Brad teaches the Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp series to various groups and organizations. He is the author or co-author of many HCPro books, including the best-selling  Analyzing the Hospital Life Safety Survey, now in its 3rd edition. Brad has also authored a variety of articles in numerous publications addressing features of life safety and fire protection, as well as white papers and articles on the Building Maintenance Program. Currently serving as the contributing editor of the monthly HCPro newsletter Healthcare Life Safety Compliance  gives Brad further insight into the industry’s trends and best practices.