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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
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Week 35
Week 36#
Week 37
Week 38
Week 39
Week 40
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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
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Date:Jun 22, 2014
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