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Emergency Washing Facilities

 Safe Operating Procedure

​PURPOSE

 

Establish a comprehensive emergency washing facility program at River East Transcona School Division (RETSD) that meets or exceeds provincial workplace safety and health program requirements.

 

An emergency washing facility program must be defined and documented for compliance as part of Element 3, identify people and resources available in an emergency situation, for the effective development and implementation of a workplace safety and health program under Manitoba legislation.

 

SCOPE

 

This safe operating procedure and associated documents establish a procedure for an emergency washing facility program for all workers at RETSD. The best practices apply to all RETSD worksites.

 

RESPONSIBILITY

 

Maintenance

 

Maintenance Department is responsible for providing, maintaining, inspections and cleaning of emergency washing equipment in the workplace.

 

Local Area Supervision

 

Local area supervisors (i.e. teachers in workspaces where this equipment is present) are responsible for emergency eyewash equipment within the scope of classroom activities.

 

EMEREGENCY WASHING FACILITIES GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Duty to Provide Emergency Washing Facilities

 

River East Transcona School Division shall provide emergency washing facilities at a workplace where hazardous, irritating or corrosive substances are used.

 

River East Transcona School Division shall assess the risk of exposure to hazardous, irritating or corrosive substances in the workplace in consultation with:

 

(a)the safety committee at the workplace;

 

(b)the representatives or site safety teams at the workplace; or

 

(c)when there is no committee or representative, the workers at the workplace.

 

River East Transcona School Division shall provide the number and type of emergency washing equipment that is sufficient to address the risk of exposure to hazardous, irritating or corrosive substances as determined by the assessment above.

 

River East Transcona School Division shall ensure that the emergency washing equipment provided at the workplace meets the requirements and is installed, tested and maintained in accordance with

 

(a)ANSI Standard Z358.1‑04, American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment; and

 

(b)the equipment manufacturer's specifications.

 

Location and Identification of Washing Equipment

 

River East Transcona School Division shall ensure that:

 

(a)the emergency washing equipment is located in the workplace and clearly identified in accordance with the requirements of ANSI Standard Z358.1‑04, American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment; and

 

(b)unimpeded access to the equipment is provided using the 10 second rule as a minimum guideline.

 

Training

 

River East Transcona School Division shall ensure that a worker who may be required to use emergency washing equipment is trained in the use of the equipment in accordance with the requirements of

 

(a)ANSI Standard Z358.1‑04, American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment; and

 

(b)the equipment manufacturer's specifications.

 

Personal Eyewash Unit

 

In addition to the emergency washing equipment required, River East Transcona School Division may provide a personal eyewash unit to a worker and a worker may use the unit to immediately flush an eye injury.

 

When a worker has used a personal eyewash unit to flush an eye injury, River East Transcona School Division shall ensure that the worker immediately uses the emergency washing equipment provided in the workplace.

 

Cleaning and Inspection of Emergency Washing Equipment

 

Maintenance

 

River East Transcona School Division Maintenance department or designates shall clean and inspect emergency washing equipment on a regular basis, (weekly).

 

All emergency eye wash equipment will be outfitted with an inspection tag similar to the system used on fire extinguisher equipment to provide a visible record of inspection.

 

Custodians will inspect the full functionality of the device to ensure the equipment works correctly and water is cycled on plumbed in units. Any personal are non-plumbed in units will be emptied and refilled on a weekly basis, and the tag filled in.

 

Maintenance workers will also keep a related log in case the visible tag is damaged or lost.

 

Local Area Supervision

 

Local area supervisors (i.e. teachers in workspaces where this equipment is present) are responsible for emergency eyewash equipment within the scope of classroom activities (daily). This means that emergency washing equipment must:

 

  • remain accessible (i.e. unblocked access) at all times the lab is operational

 

  • be visually inspected daily for accessibility and any obvious  damage (if damage observed, call Maintenance immediately for repairs)

 

  • be inspected and tested for full functionality prior to conducting elevated risk lab activities or special demonstrations

 

COMMUNICATION

 

A combination of hard-copy postings, distributions and electronic posting will be used to communicate safety and health program information within RETSD.

 

TRAINING

 

All stakeholders shall be trained to their required level of involvement in the WSHMS to become familiar with its structure, organization, and how to look up and access information both electronically and in hard copy form through:

 

  • New employee orientation, employee manuals or employment information packages

 

  • Return to work or remedial programs, as required on an individual basis

 

  • Planned ongoing training through team meetings, individual coaching or other methods as developed or adopted

 

ENFORCEMENT

 

Ultimately, the superintendent shall be responsible for the sustainability of the WSHMS, and shall enforce compliance to standards at a divisional level.

 

Workplace safety and health management system compliance shall be managed through the application of performance management and progressive discipline policies and procedures.

 

Worker failure to comply with provisions of the RETSD safety program may lead to discipline, up to and including discharge from employment and / or other remedies available at law.

 Document Number

WSHMS-03-SOP-015-05


 Document Control

Prepared:

Divisional Safety and Health Officer

Controlled:

Divisional Safety and Health Officer

Reviewed:

Divisional Workplace Safety and Health Committee

Issued: 

Director of Human Resources

Approved:

Director of Human Resources

Origin Date:

August 31, 2010

Last Revised:

August 2, 2018

Last Reviewed:

August 2, 2018

Next Review On or Before:

August 2, 2021




 References

Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act or equivalent legislation as applicable

 

Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation or equivalent legislation as applicable

 

Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation Part 21 – Emergency Washing Facilities

 

Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Program Element 02 – Identifying and Controlling Hazards

 

All other associated and applicable workplace safety and health management system documents