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During an Occupational Health, Safety and Environment (OHS&E) Audit the following was raised by the auditor: ‘The permanently installed eyewash stations are connected to the cold water lines. The water dispensed by these devices should be lukewarm to ensure that any injured person can spend the appropriate time flushing the eyes’.

I’ve found nothing in Ontario Safety or Legislation that addresses this issue, but have found that the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) recommends that the ANSI standard Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment (ANSE Z358.1-2004) be followed. This standard recommends for flushing eyes at an eyewash station that the water temperature be in the range of 27C to 35C. What action should I take now that this information has been brought to my attention?

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