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Eyewash station inspections not needed for storage areas

Medical Environment Update, July 3, 2021

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by Brian Ward

In a recent edition of The Joint Commission (TJC)’s Perspectives magazine, the healthcare accreditor clarified that eyewash stations don’t have to be inspected weekly for its EC.02.02.01, EP 5 standard. It also clarified that eyewash stations are not needed for storage areas where chemicals are being stored, provided the chemicals aren’t being mixed or used in that space. Furthermore, eyewash stations are not needed for chemicals classified as irritants on their safety data sheet (SDS). And finally, the clarification said that “strict compliance with ANSI eyewash standard Z358.1 is not required.”

This Perspectives clarification is important because some laboratories and clinics have been mistakenly cited for these supposed infractions, says Kurt Patton, MS, RPh, pharmacist, founder of Patton Healthcare Consulting, and former director of accreditation services for TJC. Now facilities have access to the same scoring guidance given to surveyors, with the Perspectives statement out there as proof of compliance.

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