Chemical Splashes to Eyes and/or Skin


Category: Health and Safety
Subject: Chemical Splashes to Eyes and/or Skin
Division: N/A
Policy Number: CA.56.01.121
Effective Date: Mar. 29, 2011


Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) is committed to the safety of its employees and clients during the handling of all types and forms of chemicals.  Chemical handling may be part of an employee’s regular work routine, or it may be part of an inspection at an off-site location. All employees will work safely around these products and follow procedure in the event of a splash or spill.




Carole Desmeules 


Category: Health and Safety
Subject: Chemical Splashes to Eyes and/or Skin
Division: N/A
Procedure Number: CA.56.02.121
Effective Date: Mar. 29, 2011


  1. Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) should be worn at all times when handling chemicals.  This may include, but not limited to, hand protection such as gloves and eye protection such as goggles or a face shield.  Consult with the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) if you are unfamiliar with a product.  Be aware of the nearest clean water source, ideally with a sink and drain.
  2. In the event of a splash to the eyes and/or face:
  • Proceed directly to the eyewash station and rinse for 15 minutes;
  • WDGPH employees in the immediate vicinity should assist the employee/client to the eyewash station;
  • Activate the eyewash by pulling the bar down; and
  • Hold eyes in place until the water flow stops, approximately 15 minutes.
  1. In a situation where an eyewash station is not available:
  • Place a full eyewash bottle in close proximity to your workspace;
  • Immediately flush eyes/face with the eyewash bottle;
  • Assist employee/client to nearest clean water source;
  • Fill eyewash bottle with tepid (room temperature) water;
  • Continue to fill water bottle and flush continuously for 15 minutes; and
  • Continue to flush eyes/face over sink.
  1. In a situation where an eyewash bottle is not available:
  • Proceed to nearest clean water source;
  • Place eyes/face under tap; and
  • Run tepid (room temperature) water continuously for 15 minutes.
  1. If a chemical splash affects hands or any other body part other that the above mentioned eyes and face, rinse as described for 15 minutes.
  2. If at any time the wellness of the employee or client declines, call 911 for further medical assistance.
  3. Seek medical attention following the incident.
  4. Complete Incident/Near Miss Report Form CA.30.01.102.
  5. Advise the client to seek further medical attention.


Carole Desmeules