Oregon First Aid: What you need to know

The level of first-aid services maintained will depend on the hazards normally present at the worksite. Both the law and good common sense require at least a basic level of readiness. Oregon has its own Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) plan (called the Safe Employment Act) (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 654.001et seq.; OR Admin. Rule R. 437-002-0161). Parts of Oregon's first-aid regulations are stricter than those of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act.
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Where employees handle substances that could injure them by getting into their eyes or onto their bodies, the employer must provide them with an eyewash, shower, or both, on the basis of the hazard. Oregon's eyewash and shower facility requirements are more detailed than federal requirements.
Emergency eyewash and showers must meet the following conditions:
• Locate the eyewash station or shower so that exposed employees can reach it and begin treatment in 10 seconds or less; the path must be unobstructed and cannot require the opening of doors or passage through obstacles unless other employees are always present to help the exposed employee.
• Water must flow for at least 15 minutes.
• Install the equipment according to the manufacturer's instructions.
• The eyewash must have valves that stay open without the use of the hands, and the shower must not be subject to unauthorized shutoff.
• Follow the system manufacturer's criteria for water pressure, flow rate, and testing to ensure proper operation of the system.
• Emergency shower and eyewash facilities must be clean, sanitary, and operating ...

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