Eyewash for foodservice. In a work environment, no one likes to think about the worst case scenario. What if things don't go as planned, what if there's an accident, what if someone gets hurt? As you might imagine, preparing for the unexpected is the best way to ensure that your staff can go about their work without fear, and to ensure that even a surprise incident will have an on-site solution. For many work settings, that preparation includes an eye wash station. Eyes are one of the most important and most sensitive parts of the human body. Jobs that involve a risk to eye safety need an eye wash station nearby to offer workers a close, rapid way to rinse their eyes and minimize damage. Otherwise, work can come to a halt while everyone near by tends to the injured employee and the affected employee may possibly experience a permanent disability. When most people think of an eye wash station, they picture a particular kind of environment. Either a janitorial setting or a laboratory, where chemicals are used freely and the risks are ever present. However, many forget one of the most common environments where an eye wash station is needed: it is the commercial kitchen. Though many don't realize it, kitchens put eyes at risk almost constantly. Substances of all kinds splatter from pans, grills, and fryers. Workers rub their eyes unconsciously after chopping or preparing raw or spicy foods. And, though kitchens aren't janitorial centers, they still require chemicals for frequent use, such as sanitizers and bleach. If people realized the risk that kitchen hazards pose, the need for an eye wash station would be automatically apparent. Unfortunately, many don't imagine the pain that splattered grease or even a little jalapeno juice can bring to an eye. No one would want to think long about what a little sanitizer would do if it were accidentally sprayed in someone's face. Many have found out the hard way and their kitchen employees have faced the terrible experience of sudden damage to their eyes with no eye wash station on site to help them. Law suits have become quite intense, and for good reason. Employees want to know that they are working in a safe environment and that even the unexpected, but possible, is planned for. In addition to the very real risks in the kitchen, OSHA and ANSI regulations provide another motivation for kitchens to stock an eye wash station. Consider this quotation from OSHA: "OSHA does not require eye wash stations by industry. The need for an eye wash is determined by chemicals that are being used in the establishment. If corrosive chemicals are being used, an eye wash is very important." ANSI's standard is similar: "Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees, employment, and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing, or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees." If OSHA inspects a kitchen work place and finds that there are no suitable facilities for quickly drenching or flushing the eyes and body, they can issue a citation which may result in substantial fines, into the thousands of dollars.There's no need for kitchens to risk so much, either for their employees, or from OSHA. Eyewash stations are simple to purchase and install, and T&S offers a wide range of eye and face wash options to fit the needs of your food service environment. Contact T&S today and keep your kitchen well stocked for safety and success for decades to come.
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An eye wash station is often an overlooked, but invaluable asset to a commercial kitchen. T&S offers a wide variety of face and eye wash stations to meet the needs of your specific application. Watch this video to learn more!
In this informative video, you'll learn about several different styles of eye wash stations that we carry from T&S Brass. Keep your employees safe by installing the right emergency eye wash station for your business!
Watch this video to learn how important emergency eye wash stations are for your employees' safety. Not just for chemistry labs and class rooms, an emergency eye wash station provides added safety and protection for your kitchen workers' eyesight!
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