In the event of a chemical splash or foreign body getting into the eyes….
- Flush the eyes for a minimum of 15 minutes with Saline or purified water
- Saline solution is a buffered isotonic solution. Its pH matches that of the tears in the eye. It also has a preservative to reduce bacterial growth.
Tap water contains chlorine and other chemicals which can further irritate eyes and has the potential for bacterial growth.
After flushing, seek immediate medical advice!
First Aid & Treatment
- Require immediate attention
- Flush the eyes for a minimum of 15 minutes
- Isotonic buffered saline solution should be used as it matches the pH of tears. It also has a preservative to reduce bacterial growth
- Employers provide eye wash stations for treatment of splashes localised to the eye and face region.
- If generalised, the patient should rinse out their eye as part of their full body cleansing routine in the Emergency Shower Station.
- After receiving first aid the patient should ALWAYS consult their Optometrist or Ophthalmologist as soon as possible.
- Employee’s Responsibility
- Know what stations are available and their locations
Foreign Body Intrusions
- First Aid – Flush at the eyewash station for a minimum of 15 minutes
- Thereafter – ALWAYS consult an optometrist or ophthalmologist as soon as possible to…
- Ensure foreign body/ bodies fully removed
- Assess the damage caused and establish required remedial or prophylactic action (if any) .
Eye Surface Lacerations, Deep intra-ocular penetrations, Blow out fractures
- In all cases above seek immediate attention from an ophthalmologist, general hospital or eye hospital