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    • Do You See What I See?

      Healthy Vision Month is observed each year in May. This is a great time to learn how vision problems can affect you and your loved ones, and what you can do to keep your eyes healthy.

      Workplaces have requirements to provide eye protection and eye washes, depending upon the tasks that occur in work processes, but each individual should learn to care for their own eyesight as well.

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      First Aid Store offers the best Eye Safety Products: Eyesaline, Fendall, Haws, Sperian - From Eye Drops, Eye Cups and Eye Patches, to Eye injury protection products, We offer much more in Eye Safety than just our vast selection of Eye Wash in bottles and Eye Wash Stations. Be sure to see our Eye Protection Safety Training products, too!
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    • What happens when or if eye wash freezes?

      eye-wash-bottles-and-refillsThe SDS (formerly MSDS) says to avoid excessive heat or cold.

      If eyewash freezes and there is no evidence of leakage then the product should be OK. Freezing will not harm the eyewash.

      The only issue is sterility: Water expands when it freezes so if the seal is broken, the bottle or cap is cracked or there is any other evidence that leakage occurred then throw it out.

    • Workplace Eye Wellness Month

      March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month & Save Your Vision Month...We'll just say it's time to focus on Eye Safety,

      Eye Safety Training
      eye-safety-tileFirst Aid Store offers training products on Eye Safety to show how many eye problems are caused by not paying attention to the work employees are doing, or not wearing the appropriate protective equipment. They remind employees that eye injuries can easily happen to them and show them how to prevent these injuries. Topics covered in these products include: Who is affected by eye problems and how, How the eye "works", Eyestrain, Wearing contact lenses at work, Physical and radiation hazards, and personal protective equipment, and more.

      Eye Care First Aid & Safety

      First Aid Store offers the best Eye Safety Products: Eyesaline, Fendall, Haws, Sperian - From Eye Drops, Eye Cups and Eye Patches, to Eye injury protection products, We offer much more in Eye Safety than just our vast selection of Eye Wash in bottles and Eye Wash Stations. Be sure to see our Eye Protection Safety Training products, too!
    • Emergency Eyewash & Shower Stations

      Personal Protective Equipment such as gloves, goggles, and face shields are the first line of defense against many types of exposures, but accidental exposures still happen. If a person in your facility could be exposed to materials that cause injury, then appropriate facilities for the flushing of the eyes and or body shall be provided, for immediate decontamination. The 10 - 15 seconds after initial exposure to a hazard are the most critical, especially if the substance is corrosive.

      The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard Z358.1 serves as a guide for the correct design, installation, use and maintenance of emergency equipment. This standard recommends that the affected body part must be flushed immediately and thoroughly for at least fifteen minutes using a large supply of clean Water / Flushing Fluid under low pressure to dilute the contaminates, in many cases water isn’t capable of neutralizing them. If the irritation persists, the flushing procedure should be repeated, and medical attention should be given as soon as possible.

      From Eye Drops, Eye Cups and Eye Patches, to Eye injury protection products, We offer much more in Eye Safety than just our vast selection of Eye Wash in bottles and Eye Wash Stations. Be sure to see our Eye Protection Safety Training products, too! From Eye Drops, Eye Cups and Eye Patches, to Eye injury protection products, We offer much more in Eye Safety than just our vast selection of Eye Wash in bottles and Eye Wash Stations. Be sure to see our Eye Protection Safety Training products, too!

      Accessibility is key when trying to determine the location of the Emergency equipment. Generally speaking the equipment needs to be located so it can be reached within 10 seconds walking time. Keep in mind that the person traveling may be injured or impaired and may have limited vision. Equipment should be installed at the same floor level as the hazard, no stairs or ramps should hamper access. Pathways should be clear and free of any obstructions. The location must be marked by highly visible signage, which displays an easily identifiable symbol, so as to eliminate any language barriers. The Area should also be well lit. In areas where more than one worker might be exposed to hazardous equipment at the same time may require more than one Emergency Shower, and Eye / Face wash.

      Some environments may require special considerations. In areas where the only possible place to install Emergency Safety Showers is in a hallway or a corridor, it is recommended that eye wash/ face wash drench hose units be located by Sinks. By using a combination of Eye / Face Wash and Emergency Showers the person exposed can receive both immediate and or long term drenching. Where needed a visual or audible alarm can be used to alert other workers, when the emergency shower is activated. This allows other workers to be alerted to the needs of the injured party and assist them in getting into the Emergency shower if their sight is impaired. Clothes that have come in contact with hazardous materials may need to be removed from the injured person. A privacy curtain, and extra overalls and foot covers should be stored next to the emergency equipment in cases such as this.

      The Flushing Fluid is defined as any potable water, buffered saline solution or medically acceptable solution. Drinking water or potable water is defined as “water of sufficiently high quality that it can be consumed or used with low risk of immediate or long term harm” (Wikipedia). Potable water may not be the best flushing solution as it may contain rust and scale from the inside of pipes, as well as chemicals such as chlorine. Water lines should be flushed periodically to remove contaminates. The temperature of the water must be “tepid” (i.e. moderately warm or lukewarm), unless a chemical reaction could be accelerated by the warm water. In cases where plumbed water is not accessible a Self Contained Personal Wash station can be implemented. Personal wash stations cannot take the place of plumbed Emergency Eyewash stations , however they can be used in combination with an ANSI compliant 15 minute supply station. Personal wash stations use a Buffered Saline Solution which must be monitored and changed by the expiration date, otherwise the fluid, can become contaminated and possibly cause serious damage to the eyes it is flushing.

      Eye WashConsideration must be given to the disposal of the waste water/flushing fluid. If a Drain is not close, Self Contained Wash Stations can leave a pool of waste water that can become a slip hazard. Also take into consideration any electrical equipment in the area, and determine if it will come in contact with the Flushing fluid or waste water, which could cause other potentially hazardous situations. Many Pre-Plumbed units are designed to be connected directly to drain piping. After the Emergency Shower has been used, the waste water may contain contaminates that cannot go into a sanitary sewer. In these cases the drain should be piped to an acid waste disposal system or a neutralizing tank.

      Training of workers:
      You should designate one person in the work area and make them responsible for regularly inspecting, maintaining and or activating the Emergency Equipment, according to the manufactures instructions. The same person should be responsible for a signed and dated inspection log of the equipment. All workers need to be instructed in the location, and proper use of the equipment before an emergency occurs. As a part of the training give new workers a hands-on run through of how to use the equipment, and give other employees a yearly review of the procedure. Keep a set of written instructions posted next to the Emergency Eye Wash / Face wash station.

      Keep copies of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all Hazardous materials on the premises. All hazardous materials need to be positively identified. When working with Chemicals, Dust, Corrosives or any hazardous materials that may require the use of Emergency Equipment, remember that preparation plays a very large role, in worker safety. Being prepared is not a onetime consideration, but an ongoing pursuit.

      From Eye Drops, Eye Cups and Eye Patches, to Eye injury protection products, We offer much more in Eye Safety than just our vast selection of Eye Wash in bottles and Eye Wash Stations. Be sure to see our Eye Protection Safety Training products, too!
      From the best Eyeglass Lens Cleaner Wipes to Eye First Aid Packs and Eye Cups, we have all those Eye products you need like Sterile Eye Pads, Eye Drops and the American Red Cross Eye Emergency Pack. We even offer Pens Lights for checking Pupil Dilation and Eye Magnets!
      Eye Wash Bottles and Refills, Eye Rinses and Eye Drops - We offer all sizes from 1/2 oz and 1 oz, 20 ml, even 4, 8, 16 and 32 oz Eye washes and refill bottles - Sterile Eye wash for OSHA compliance and ANSI eye wash standards.
      Eye Safety Goggles for protection against chemical splashes and other foreign body eye contamination. Ventilated Chemical Goggles, Crews Protect Splash Goggles and more.
      Eyesaline Solution for Porta Stream I & II, Flash Flood Refill Cartridges and the Porta Stream I Concentrate. Sperian, Fend-All, Eyesaline Brand Eyewash Stations & refills by Sperian Fendall.
      Lubricated Eye Drops for redness and itchy eyes and Industrial Strength Eye Drops for Welder's Arc. Advanced eye relief at affordable pricing.
      HAWS 15 Minute Portable Eye Wash Station and HAWS Water Preservative Additive.
      Double Eye Wash Stations with built in Eye Safety Station Signage and refills Eye Wash bottles in 16 oz and 32 oz sizes. Two Bottle Double Eyewash Stations for OSHA Eye Safety Compliance. Eye Stations & Refills
    • Summer Eye Safety with active outdoor lifestyles

      Inevitably, along with this renewal of our active outdoor lifestyle will come the usual cuts, scrapes and bruises of Summertime. Get through your Summer without spending more time than necessary in the emergency department waiting room of your favorite hospital.

      An eye injury usually consists of cuts, scrapes, or bruises on or near the eye. If you have an eye injury, you need to get medical care quickly to check your vision. Getting care right away can prevent loss of sight in many cases. Although first aid is helpful, it is difficult for you to know the extent of damage to the eye. Give first aid then seek medical care from your ophthalmologist, urgent care center or emergency department.

      If you have a cut near the eye, first wash your hands. Put a clean cloth over the eyeball area to protect it. Then, use a clean cloth to wash the wound vigorously with liquid soap and water for 5 minutes. Rinse the wound well. Put pressure on the cut for 10 minutes with a sterile gauze to stop bleeding. Leave the area exposed to the air. Antiseptic ointments may be applied but make sure the ointment is intended for use in or around the eye.

      If you suspect that the eyeball itself has been cut or punctured, do not attempt to clean or wash out the eye. You should tape a paper or styrofoam cup over your eye and go immediately to you ophthalmologist or emergency room. Do not put any pressure on the eye.

      One of the more common injuries of a serious nature is the fishing hook to the face or eye injury. This usually results from a snagged hook that suddenly releases and comes sailing back at high speed. Occasionally it can be the result of a misdirected cast. The hook by itself can cause obvious injury if it becomes embedded in the skin or eye. However, a large leaded sinker moving at a high rate of speed can cause even greater injury.

      From Eye Drops, Eye Cups and Eye Patches, to Eye injury protection products, We offer much more in Eye Safety than just our vast selection of Eye Wash in bottles and Eye Wash Stations. From Eye Drops, Eye Cups and Eye Patches, to Eye injury protection products, We offer much more in Eye Safety than just our vast selection of Eye Wash in bottles and Eye Wash Stations.

      Swelling usually follows injury to the tissues or bone around the eye. Apply cold compresses as much as possible for the first 24 hours. I usually recommend a bag of frozen peas that has been broken up like a beanbag. It not only avoids a dripping mess as it thaws but also answers the question of what’s for dinner. Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain if necessary. Don’t be surprised if a black eye develops over the next 2 days. A bruise of the white of the eyeball (a subconjunctival hemorrhage) may also occur. These bruises may look bad, but they are harmless. They do not spread to inside the eye and clear up in about 2 weeks.

      Be sure to contact your ophthalmologist, urgent care center or emergency room if you have severe or worsening eye pain, you still have eye pain or irritation 30 minutes after you have removed an object or if you have glass or a chemical in your eye.

      Finally, after applying first aid to the injury seek care from your ophthalmologist, urgent care center or emergency room if there is any doubt about the extent of the injury.

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