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Primary vs Supplemental Emergency Eye Wash Units

Primary vs Supplemental Emergency Eye Wash Units

Primary vs Supplemental Emergency Eye Wash Units

Eye wash Standards in Australia refer to 'Primary' eye wash and 'Supplemental' eye wash stations.

But what’s the difference, and when should each be used?


Among other attributes:


Primary Emergency Flushing Units…

  • Activate within a second or less.

  • Operate hands free.

  • Simultaneously flush both eyes (or both eyes and full face depending on the type of Unit).

  • Connect to a plumed water supply or be self-contained and hold enough water to operate, full force for a minimum of 15 minutes at a time.

  • Must be located no further than 10-seconds from a potential hazard

  • Deliver no less than 1.5 litres a minute of tepid flushing fluid, preferably aerated.

  • Deliver potable (drinking) water, preserved water, or preserved buffered saline solution or other medical-standard water.


Supplemental Emergency Flushing Units…

  • Do not meet the requirements for primary response according to the current Australian Standard

  • Intended as a support system.

  • Cannot replace Primary Emergency Response Systems.

  • Usually located near a hazard and are used in the interim until someone reaches a primary station or on route to a medical care facility.

  • They do not provide 15 minutes of continuous, hands-free flushing.

  • Are often delivered in bottles or other smaller, portable stations.


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