Q&A: Eyewash stations and expectorating the unexpected

OSHA Healthcare Connection, March 29, 2011

Q: Are hospitals required to have eyewash stations in areas where patients are cared for? I work at a hospital and a patient with mouth MRSA spit directly into my eye. I am now permanently partially blind in that eye due to the infection that set in.

A: The specific requirement for plumbed facilities under the Medical and First Aid standard does not apply to blood or OPIM exposures.

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