How to use eyewash stations

Always ensure the eyewash solution makes contact with the eye in a slow and steady motion. In case of concurrent injury on both eyes, use a duo eyewash for rinsing both eyes simultaneously. 

Watch our videos below and learn how to rinse with Plum Eyewash and pH Neutral eyewash and witness the effect of pH Neutral on acids and alkalis. 

We recommend you see a doctor for any type of eye damage. Nonetheless, immediately after the injury you should apply eyewash or phosphate buffer (pH Neutral) depending on the nature of the injury. Keep spare bottles of portable eyewash readily available to enable continued eyewash during transport to the doctor or emergency.

What is eyewash?

Protect your eyes with the best suited eyewash at the right time

Protect your eyes – because vision is key in almost any work situation. Application of common sense will take you a long way, but not the whole way. It is not a guarantee for an accident-free life, so preparation is everything. In case of an accident, the damage to your eyes and vision can be a question of a few seconds. Thus, immediate access to an eyewash station is vital in workplaces exposed to potential eye accidents.

The damaging substance may enter the eyes as solids, liquid or gas substance. The degree of the damage will depend on the properties of the substance, its temperature, pH value and for how long the impact lasts. Many eye accidents are caused by dust, dirt, metal and wood splinters and chemicals. In these circumstances, rinsing the eye with an eyewash solution of 0.9 % sterile sodium chloride will be sufficient (identical to the natural percentage of salt content in the liquid produced by the eye). The isotonic solution is suitable for rinsing and cleansing the eyes as a means of first aid in case of injury. An immediate rinsing may prevent foreign substances to come into contact with and seriously damage the eyes. 

Since the eye’s pH value is neutral, it is a matter of seconds after eye contact with acid or alkali before the pH value is significantly deteriorated and the corrosive damage may lead to permanent eye damage. Thus in case of eye injuries involving acid and base substances you need quickly to neutralise the chemical component to a pH value of around 7.4, which equals the normal level in the eye. The use of ordinary water or 0.9 % sodium chloride will only provide a certain degree of solution and rinsing (see Figure 1 below), and thus we recommend the use of pH Neutral eyewash (phosphate buffer). Subsequently, we recommend continued rinsing until medical examination (washing with 0.9 % sodium chloride).

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How to rinse eyes with Plum duo eyewash 

Watch this video to see how to rinse both eyes at once with the Plum Duo Eyewash.

How to choose the correct eyewash

Watch this video to see how to use eyewash and how to choose the correct one.

How to choose the correct eyewash

Watch this video to see how effectively PH neutral eyewash is in neutralizing acids and akalis