Looking at the space configuration and proximity to hazardous substances are key considerations when determining the best location for installing an emergency shower or eyewash. The greater the danger of contamination, the closer the emergency shower and eyewash should be to the work area, according to WorkSafeNB. Emergency eyewash and shower equipment should be available for immediate use, and it should take no longer than 10 seconds to for those in need to reach the nearest facility.
The following are some does and don’ts in choosing the location for an emergency shower or eyewash station:
Remember, emergency showers and eyewashes are not a substitute for safe work practices. If there is a possibility of a chemical splash, you must use proper handling techniques. Personal protective equipment such as face shields, goggles, gloves, proper footwear and aprons may be required
Source: WorkSafeNB’s Emergency Showers and Eyewash Stations