TO: Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Coordinator
ANSI: OSHA regulations on emergency eye wash stations have adopted portions of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard Z358.1-1981. ANSI has revised the standard and Z358.1-2009 is in effect now. The objective of this note is to inform you that eye wash station regulations currently in place must be complied with till OSHA clears the legislative hurdles and adopts the new ANSI standard. Current OSHA regulations require that an emergency eyewash stations be provided whenever employees may come into contact with chemicals that can cause corrosion, severe irritation, or permanent tissue damage. The eyewash station must meet conditions as follows:
Note 1: Water hoses, sinks faucets, showers and eyewash bottles (sometimes included in first-aid kits) do not comply with Cal/OSHA eyewash standards.
Note 2: If there is water line available in the shop area, then the plumbed unit is preferred as the wall mounted tank requires more maintenance and is expensive to operate. Also, if a tech uses the wall mounted unit at 9AM, the tech requiring it at 10AM goes blind!!!
Note 3: The eye wash units should have proper drain available to address the water draining from the unit. If the unit cannot be plumbed to the shop drain, a 5 gallon plastic bucket can be hooked up that can be drained periodically.
Authority Cited: California T8CCR5162 and Federal 29CFR 1910.151(C)
GINA: On November 21, 2008, the president signed Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). By November 21, 2009 all employers must comply with GINA. This October, the EEOC approved of the language of the poster that the employers must post to achieve compliance. A copy of the poster can be printed from the attached link and posted next to your current labor law poster.http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf
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