Simply installing emergency equipment is not a sufficient means of insuring worker safety. Employees must be trained in the location of emergency equipment and in its proper use. In particular, workers must be trained that, in event of an emergency, the affected area should be rinsed for at least fifteen minutes to assure that contaminants are rinsed away thoroughly and completely.
Most importantly, employers must develop a response plan to be used in the event that an accident does occur. The focus of the response plan should be to provide assistance to the injured worker as quickly as possible.
Finally, all emergency equipment must be activated at least weekly to assure proper operation. A testing log should be maintained to document the weekly check. At least annually, emergency equipment must be inspected to assure continued compliance with the ANSI standard.