Eye wash stations best practice.
There are times while on survey that we can take a best practice from the fleet. One such example is that of emergency eye wash stations. Everyone has their own way of documenting periodic inspections and not one way is universal in the fleet. The problem that comes from not being universal is that of documenting solution change-out cycles for the portable eye wash stations. This is something that needs to happen to ensure that organic growth does not start to contaminate an eye wash station that we need to rely upon for an emergency. The problem we see in most cases while on survey is that there is no documentation showing that the solution is being changed out IAW the manufacturer's recommendations or that the water is being changed out monthly.
Here is an example we have taken from VMFA-533. The QA/ Ground Safety representative for the unit made up a card that looks similar to a 4790/52 card and included simple instructions for weekly inspections or operations of the eyewash stations (these can also be from the eye wash station's manufacturer's recommendations). Also included on the card is the solution recommended change-out cycle. The weeks that the solution needs to be changed are highlighted in red. This is a very good example of how thinking outside the box can become a best practice and cover all bases that need to be documented. This example can be manipulated to fit your specific needs.
EMERGENCY SHOWER & EYE WASH TEST RECORD INSPECT THIS UNIT CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING INSPECTION RECORD WEEKLY IS SECOND TESTING OF UNIT VO ENSURE PROPER OPERATION AND FLUSH LINES, INSPECT FOR CLEANLINESS Week 1# Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8# Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15# Week 16 Week 17 Week 18 Week 19 Week 20 Week 21 Week 22# Week 23 Week 24 Week 25 Week 26 Week 27 Week 28 Week 29# Week 30 Week 31 Week 32 Week 33 Week 34 Week 35 Week 36# Week 37 Week 38 Week 39 Week 40 Week 41 Week 42 Week 43# Week 44 Week 45 Week 46 Week 47 Week 48 Week 49 Week 50# Week 51 Week 52 Econ Hydrosep solution used, water must be changed prior to every 60 days on weeks indicated in red Note: Econ Hydrosep solution used, water must be changed prior to every 60 days on weeks indicated in #. By AMC(AW) Richard Kersenbrock